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Joint working to tackle illegal waste carriers

The Environment Agency (EA) and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have agreed on steps to stop illegal waste carriers and improve road safety in England.

An agreement has been signed by Sir James Bevan, EA chief executive, and Gareth Llewellyn, DVSA chief executive, to share intelligence and carry out joint operations in England.

This is designed to stop waste being illegally transported and to target unsafe drivers and vehicles. According to the agencies, the agreement will see:

  • DVSA staff working within EA teams, making sure enforcement action is co-ordinated and effective
  • information and intelligence shared between the two agencies, increasing the effectiveness of roadside enforcement activity on waste industry vehicles
  • enforcement teams provided with up-to-date and relevant intelligence about waste industry operators

The joint working should help to identify high-risk or illegal goods vehicle operators who are involved in the transportation of waste, and to reduce the number of seriously and serially non-compliant waste industry vehicles on England’s roads.

Both agencies have worked together for a number of years. Llewellyn said: “By combining our enforcement powers and intelligence, we will be able to target more effectively those who break the rules. DVSA traffic examiners will issue fines to those waste carriers we find to be operating in an unsafe manner.

”These operators are putting themselves and other road users at risk and pose a danger to our environment.”

Bevan added: “This memorandum of understanding with the DVSA will help both organisations target the waste industry to improve compliance and vehicle and driver safety standards. To help us with this, we are encouraging people to check with the EA if the company they are employing to take their waste away is a fully registered waste carrier.”

Waste crime is estimated to cost taxpayers and businesses £1bn a year, according to the agencies, with the EA spending almost £15m on stopping illegal waste activity between April 2015 and March 2016.


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