Fly tipping crackdown: 14 drivers hit with £4,000 of fines

A crackdown on fly-tipping and unlicensed waste carriers led to 27 drivers being stopped and 14 being fined £300 in parts of Hillingdon borough.

The operation targeting overloaded vehicles and criminals who use the road network also led to three vehicles being seized because they were not roadworthy.

The £300 fines were each issued to drivers for failing to prove within seven days that they held the necessary waste transfer records or licences. Failure to pay the fine could result in prosecution.

One was seized for not being taxed or insured, and one driver was fined £100 for failing to prevent his vehicle’s load from falling onto the highway, officials revealed.

Numerous other vehicles were found to be overloaded and were either seized or allowed to leave once the weight had been reduced. The vehicle stop-check operation took place in West Drayton, Yiewsley and Cowley last month

The police also fined a number of drivers for traffic offences.

The Metropolitan Police, the Environment Agency, Hillingdon Council and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) were involved.

Julia Leigh, Senior Environmental Crime Officer for the Environment Agency, said: “People who manage waste illegally cost the taxpayer millions every year in clean-up costs.

“They also undercut legitimate business, and pose a direct threat to sustainable growth in the waste management sector. Our enforcement days make sure that the right waste goes to the right place ‎to stop unpermitted businesses undermining legitimate businesses and help create a level playing field.”

Councillor Douglas Mills, Cabinet Member for Community, Commerce and Regeneration, said: “Fly-tipping is one of the most complained about issues in the borough and I’m supportive of regular and rigorous checks on anyone who uses our road network to transport waste.

“I’m also pleased to see tough action being taken against those who don’t have the necessary documentation to prove their activities are above board.

“This is a great example of how the agencies work together to combat crime and anti-social behaviour in Hillingdon and I commend everyone involved for their efforts.”

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