Claims that Brighton and Hove City Council is working with the Traffic Commissioners office to remedy irregularities on its waste fleet operating licence have been denied.
The council said in a statement it had learned that safety standards required by the Traffic Commissioner were not being met. These related to the vehicles used by the City Environment service and statutory staff checks.
It added: “As is our legal duty, we reported this immediately to the Traffic Commissioner ,and jointly we agreed the immediate actions needed to meet the expected standards.”
The Traffic Commissioner for London and the South East of England said that, in line with other judicial office holders, it was unable to comment on individual cases in the interests of maintaining fair process.
It did, however, confirm that it had received correspondence from Brighton and Hove council regarding its operator’s licence, and that it advised it to report it to enforcement body the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).
A spokesperson added: “It is important to note that, as a result of that correspondence, there has been no meeting or agreement between the Traffic Commissioner and council officials in respect of its operator licence compliance.
“This would be contrary to the Traffic Commissioner’s role as the independent regulator of commercial vehicles in the region. Additionally, the Traffic Commissioner has no investigatory powers in relation to compliance with the operator licence requirements.”