North East Lincolnshire Council Environmental Enforcement officers seized two vehicles during a multi-agency operation in Grimsby.
The vehicles were seized as part of an operation involving North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) Environmental Enforcement officers, Humberside Police, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) at Birchin Way in Grimsby.
During the operation, Environmental Enforcement officers opened 14 case files relating to waste carrier offences and for drivers failing to produce waste transfer notes. Two vehicles were seized for unlawfully carrying controlled waste.
Drivers must produce the correct waste carrier paperwork within 14 days or face fines of up to £300.
Section 75 (4) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 determines controlled waste to mean household, industrial and commercial waste or any such waste.
A North East Lincolnshire Council spokesperson said:
“Unlicensed waste carriers are known to advertise their services on social media, offering to take away quantities of waste for a fee.
“Once they’ve been paid, some fly-tip the waste instead of correctly disposing of it. This often results in significant damage on the environment and can cost huge sums of tax payer money to collect and dispose of responsibly.”
On the same day, officers from Humberside Police issued 16 Traffic Offence Reports (fixed penalty notices), two vehicle defect reports, and one driver was arrested for drug-driving.
The DVSA inspected a total of 17 light goods vehicles. DVSA officers issued 8 roadside prohibitions for a variety of identified traffic offences including defective or worn tyres, defective brakes/steering and chassis corrosion.
In addition, the two vehicles seized by NELC Environmental Enforcement officers were determined by DVSA to be overweight and were served with fixed penalty notices.
Humberside Police identified suspect vehicles and escorted them to a Designated Inspection Area in Birchin Way Police Station car park. They conducted police national computer (PNC) checks and identified Road Traffic Offences.
The DVSA inspected vehicles for risk of non-compliance with roadworthiness standards and mechanical defects.
HMRC sampled and analysed fuel from 16 vehicles to determine fuel tax evasion offences.
This operation follows on from a similar Operation in October 2021 and is part of the the ongoing work that the NELC Environmental Enforcement team does to tackle unlawful waste carriers.