Smokers cough up as nearly £26,000 worth of fines issued under new enforcement scheme

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Later this week, a Bridgend Council scrutiny committee will be updated on new civil enforcement arrangements introduced over the last year or so (pdf).

In 2018, BCBC introduced a mobile enforcement car called Roly Patroly to improve safety outside schools by discouraging illegal parking. The enforcement officers decide for themselves which schools to patrol but the aim is to cover every school at least once a month.

Between April 2018 and March 2019, 1041 penalty notices were issued by the mobile enforcement team, with only 55 being overturned.

3GS was appointed in April 2019 to enforce littering fines and since the summer is also enforcing dog fouling fines.

In 3GS’s first quarterly report from April-September 2019 (pdf), it says 371 valid penalty notices were issued, with almost 97.5% of all notices being issued for dropped cigarettes. The majority of notices were issued in Bridgend town centre, the Bridgend Retail Park (Tesco Extra etc.) and in and around Newbridge Fields.

While £25,700 worth of fines have been paid, this represents just over 69% (257) of all valid notices.

3GS recovers its running costs through revenues generated by fines, with any surplus shared with the council.

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