Cllr Andy Moloney brought forward a Notice of Motion which was supported by the vast majority of members.
Minister to be lobbied after vote taken at council meeting seeks to bring in penalty points for dumping from a car
Tipperary County Council is to press the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment to introduce penalty points for motorists tipping litter from their vehicles in a bid to keep the countys roadsides clean.
A Notice of Motion from Councillor Andy Moloney resulted in much debate and discussion. And, it also received the majority of the support when it was put to the vote by Chairperson, Cllr Phyll Bugler (FG), with an 18 to 7 count in favour.
“That this council supports a call for penalty points for motorists tipping litter from their vehicles in an effort to keep Ireland Roadsides Clean” was the motion tabled by Cllr Moloney who was praised by many members of the council for his initiative in bringing forward the motion.
The council reply to the motion opined that it could have a very positive effect on the attitudes of motorists towards littering and should the motion be successful, the council would write to the Minister asking that he use his good offices to arrange for the necessary legislation to be enacted.
Director of Services, Mr Sean Keating, said that it is against the law to drop litter from a car or to premeditatively dump litter . While ackowledging that it is very difficult to catch people in the act of illegal dumping, Mr Keating said that any actions which can be taken against offenders should be taken.
Many councillors felt that imposing penalty points for litter offences would be wrong as littering is not a motoring offence. However, this was countered by the argument that mobile phone usage was not necessarily a motoring offence either, but it is now considered a very serious breach of the driving laws.
Cllr Seamus Hanafin and Sean Ryan both pointed out that illegal dumping is on the increase and they quoted various locations where people are constantly dumping - Cllr Hanafin referred to the recent discovery of a bag of used nappies close to Thurles and expressed his disgust that people would just dump such an item.