Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay has welcomed the announcement by the Scottish Government that tougher action is to be taken against those littering from vehicles.
Nearly 7 tonnes – over 1,300 bags – of rubbish is gathered form the sides of the M8 and M9 each month.
Action on this is to be introduced as part of the National Litter Strategy.
Derek Mackay said:
“As a former Transport Minister I know the danger roadworkers put themselves in every single day collecting crisp packets, cans and bottles from the sides of our motorways.
“It is not only the obvious dangers to drivers and clean up teams, there is also a significant amount of many spent cleaning the mess made by others, taking valuable resources away from other public services.
“The amount of litter being thrown from cars by drivers and passengers is unacceptable and action must now be taken.
“I am therefore pleased that the Environment Secretary has committed to introduce measures to try and take action.”