Litter (Increased Infringement Fee) Amendment Bill

Litter (Increased Infringement Fee) Amendment Bill

Member’s Bill

41—1

Explanatory note

General policy statement

Under the Litter Act 1979 (the principal Act), every person commits an offence if they deposit litter in or on a public place, or in or on private land without the consent of its occupier.

This offending can be dealt with by a territorial authority through an infringement notice, or through the courts. Providing for an infringement notice for relatively low-level offending under section 13(4) of the principal Act is appropriate. However, the current maximum fine of $400 is low.

By increasing the maximum fine for an infringement offence from $400 to $1,000 there will be a greater deterrent for littering.

Clause by clause analysis

Clause 1 is the Title clause.

Clause 2 is the commencement clause. It provides that the Bill comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal assent.

Clause 3 provides that the Bill amends the Litter Act 1979 (the principal Act).

Clause 4 sets out the purpose of the Bill, which is to increase the maximum infringement fee from $400 to $1,000.

Clause 5 amends section 13(4) in order to increase the maximum infringement fee from $400 to $1,000.

Hon Scott Simpson

Litter (Increased Infringement Fee) Amendment Bill

Member’s Bill

41—1

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1 Title

This Act is the Litter (Increased Infringement Fee) Amendment Act 2018.

2 Commencement

This Act comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal assent.

3 Principal Act

This Act amends the Litter Act 1979 (the principal Act).

4 Purpose

The purpose of this Act is to increase the maximum infringement fee for offences from $400 to $1,000.

5 Section 13 amended (Territorial authorities may adopt infringement notice provisions)

In section 13(4), replace “$400” with “$1,000”.