The Environment Agency (EA) has carried out a stop-and-search operation on illegal waste carriers in Surrey.
The agency teamed up with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), HM Revenue & Customs Road Fuel Unit and Government Agency Intelligence Network for a day of action, targeting vehicle drivers who transport waste without the proper authorisation or written description of waste.
The DVSA stopped a number of vehicles in Staines on 16 December and, together with EA officers, checked compliance to identify rogue traders as part of the industry-backed ’Right Waste Right Place’ campaign.
Environmental crime officers also checked whether carriers were transporting waste to authorised and legitimate sites where it would be processed correctly.
Senior environmental crime officer Gill Clayton said: “The EA wants to make sure businesses carrying waste have the correct authorisations to allow them to transport and transfer waste: a waste carrier’s registration from the EA and waste transfer note from the waste producer.
“Everyone who disposes of waste has a duty of care to ensure their waste is managed and disposed of correctly by the people they give it to.
“Our enforcement days make sure that the right waste goes to the right place to stop a few businesses undermining legitimate companies and help create a level playing field.”
DVSA head of enforcement Andy King said: “This joint operation sends a clear message that robust action will be taken against those who flout the rules and risk the lives of other road users.
“The vast majority of drivers and operators are following the rules and are playing their part in making roads safer. But anyone who fails to meet the standards or comply with the rules faces a range of sanctions and, ultimately, prosecution.”