Drivers say it's OK to throw biodegradable rubbish from their car

June 2009

With World Environment Day being celebrated on June 5, new figures by leading low cost car insurance provider Budget Direct indicate that 27% of Brisbane drivers think it’s OK to throw biodegradable rubbish from their car compared to 17% in Melbourne and 13% in Sydney.

On average, a further 21% of respondents admitted to throwing non-biodegradable rubbish from their vehicle in the past, but pledged not to do so again.

Budget Direct spokesperson Richelle Ward said Queenslanders as a whole were more likely to litter from a vehicle than in other parts of the country, with only 49% of motorists saying they had never thrown rubbish from a car (compared to 64% in Melbourne and 63% in Sydney) and didn’t like it when other people used the world as their rubbish bin.

Ms Ward said she was surprised at the Brisbane figures, particularly considering the more stringent laws against littering which came into affect in early 2008, and that World Environment Day celebrations heighten the importance of everyone obeying this law.

“Littering from cars is an offense that carries penalties of $225 for depositing litter and $300 for dangerous littering,” Ms Ward said.

Between 2000 and 2007, not a single fine had been issued in relation to roadside littering, prompting tougher legislation to be introduced to Queensland Parliament in 2007 that came into effect in early 2008.

“We would be interested in seeing how many infringement notices have been issued in Brisbane and throughout Queensland since the new legislation was introduced,” she said.

In Melbourne, littering from cars is an offense that carries penalties starting from an on the spot $107 fine for a small piece of litter, including extinguished cigarette butts.

Ms Ward said both the changes to littering offences regulations and the success of media campaigns from ‘Do the Right Thing’ to the current ‘Don’t be a Tosser’ campaign have encouraged the New South Wales community to value a litter free environment.

“Roadside rubbish can be hazardous for other drivers and also reduces the amenity of our cities and streets,” Ms Ward added.

“It’s important for drivers to understand that roadside littering is illegal – no matter what the type of rubbish – and that its up to all drivers to help keep our streets clean and our drivers safe.”

“It’s important for drivers to understand that roadside littering is illegal – no matter what the type of rubbish – and that its up to all drivers to help keep our streets clean and our drivers safe.”


About Budget Direct

Budget Direct is a cheap car insurance provider that offers competitive car insurance to drivers in Australia. Budget Direct is a wholly owned Australian insurance provider and is part of the international Budget Insurance group of companies headquartered in the British Isles. The Budget Insurance group of companies administers more than 3 million policies and $1 billion in premium. Auto & General Insurance Company Ltd underwrites Budget Direct’s policies.

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For further information or interviews please contact Brad Seymour, Director Partnerships & Communication, Budget Direct (Auto & General) at 07 3377 8937  or mediaenquiries@budgetdirect.com.au

Budget Direct was established as an insurance provider in Australia in 2000.  It is part of the international Budget Insurance group of companies headquartered in the British Isles. The group provides more than 6.8 million policies to insurance customers and administers $2 billion in premiums annually. Budget Direct offers Motor, Home & Contents, Health, Life and Travel Insurance as well as Roadside Assistance.

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