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Carlisle Council purchase electric vehicles to deal with ‘enviro-crime’

Carlisle City Council is driving forward with a new eco-friendly way to combat littering and other environmental crimes in the city by purchasing six fully electric vehicles.

One of these is an enforcement camera vehicle and will be deployed in Carlisle to tackle environmental offences, such as littering, fly-tipping and dog fouling.

Equipped with CCTV, it uses a pan-tilt-zoom system which can be rotated 360 degrees and can be operated remotely.

The vehicles will benefit the local air quality by reducing noise pollution and will not contribute any emissions.

Carlisle City Council is committed to keeping Carlisle clean, as well as ensuring that people are aware of their responsibilities and those that do not comply could face hefty fines.

Commenting, Carlisle City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport, Councillor Nigel Christian said: “We’re committed to improving the environment and keeping Carlisle clean. Apart from being an eyesore, roadside litter is a serious environmental hazard and an expensive one too, money that could be better spent in the community. Littering also endangers wildlife and livestock.

“The new electric CCTV van will help us track down those that don’t follow the rules. The new vehicle is a safe way of capturing and recording car registrations and, where possible, the actual crime being committed.”

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