I’m A Celebrity is facing a huge fine for breaching traffic restrictions to access their Australian jungle set, according to reports.
ITV could have to pay up to £110,000 if Tweed Shire Council in New South Wales find they have broken highway rules.
Programme makers have been accused of using too many vehicles to come and go on local roads during filming of the popular series.
The council had introduced a rule of a maximum of 80 vehicles each day on the road following complaints from locals that the area had become too congested.
According to The Mirror, Tweed Shire director Vince Connell claimed ITV has not adhered to the 80 limit in Springbrook National Park during the filming of the last series.
He said: “They based their figure on hire vehicles and shuttle buses. It did not factor in the suppliers.”
The fine will be decided by council members later today following checks on traffic monitors ITV had installed on the stretch of road near the camp.
An ITV spokesperson said: “We’re committed to working with the council and residents to get a satisfactory outcome.”
ITV have filmed 17 series of I’m A Celebrity in Australia. The huge operation involves transporting the crew to and from the jungle, plus supplies for them and the stars (which is usually just lots of rice and beans for the celebs!).
Hosts Ant and Dec also have to be taken to and from the set each day from their luxury hotel, as well as the cast and crew of the spin-off show Get Me Out Of Here Extra Camp.
Once the stars start getting voted out of the jungle, their friends and family also go to the set each day to greet them from the hotel. As it’s not known in advance which celeb will leave following the public vote, all the friends and family travel there and back, and have to be catered for with a large buffet during their stay.
Medics, animal experts and psychologists also have to be on hand in the jungle.
Details of an 18th series of the show taking place this year have yet to be announced. And if the series does go ahead, it’s not known if Ant McPartlin will return to co-host with Declan Donnelly.
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The presenter is currently in rehab having asked ITV for time off work following his conviction for drink driving.
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