A LEADING figure in the Birstall Chamber of Trade has slammed the justice system for not giving enough of a deterrent to fly-tippers.
The group’s vice chairman David Exley, has spoken out after a taxi driver was hit with just a £51 fine for repeatedly dumping rubbish in the town centre.
CCTV footage showed Mohammed Bashir Ahmed throwing litter out of his taxi and down an embankment in Birstall town centre, just off High Street in a public car park.
The camera footage was passed on to the authorities and used to bring charges. The 43-year-old was fined just £51 and ordered to pay a £30 surcharge and £100 in costs for dropping the litter between April 16 and 20.
Mr Exley claimed that Mr Ahmed was clearing out his car and throwing it down the banking while also throwing food waste away. He said the sentencing was inconsistent and wouldn’t put people off fly-tipping in future.
“On this occasion it’s a problem with the justice system because it’s not showing a deterrent to anybody,” said Mr Exley.
“There were people in court that day that had thrown one piece of litter and got a £200 fine.
“My blood’s boiling over it because the place is still a mess. (The fine) should have been a heck of a lot more.
“Because of the charges Kirklees have in place for taking rubbish away, fly-tipping is getting more frequent and it’s a big problem throughout Kirklees.
“The fine doesn’t come to what it would cost to get it taken away so people are thinking it doesn’t matter if you get caught.”
On the same day Mr Ahmed was fined, one man, Jordan Amey, was fined £220 for dropping litter outside Dewsbury Bus Station as well as a £30 surcharge and £100 in costs, and Ashley Andrews also got a £220 fine for littering outside Huddersfield Train Station.
Mr Exley added: “If I were the people who dropped one sweet paper in Huddersfield town centre and had been fined £200 plus victim surcharge and everything else, I’d be a bit aggrieved as well.”
Birstall was recently listed as the eighth worst neighbourhood for fly-tipping in Kirklees, while Batley, Dewsbury, Heckmondwike, Ravensthorpe and Cleckheaton were all in the top 10.
The mess in Birstall still hasn’t been cleared.