Police and council pull over 40 vehicles in locations around town

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A MAJOR crackdown on commercial vehicles carrying illegal waste led to more than 40 trucks being pulled over on Friday.

The operation, run by Warwickshire Police and Rugby Borough Council (RBC), took place at four locations around the borough on Friday - Rugby Road, Brandon, Dunchurch Road, GEC Recreation Ground and Brownsover picnic area.

During the operation, police stopped a flat bed truck loaded with scrap metal. After officers had conducted general vehicle and driver check it was handed over to Rugby Borough Council’s environmental protection team who were not satisfied with his waste documentation.

The driver was given a fixed penalty notice for failing to register as a waste carrier, and a further fixed penalty notice for failing to carry waste transfer notes. Each charge was for £300 and must be paid within 14 days.

More than 40 other vehicles were also pulled over for inspection by police and council officials. Suspicious vehicles were identified by police, who also used Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras. Several other vehicles were stopped on suspicion of carrying waste without a valid licence but no fine was issued as further investigation was needed.

Cllr Dr Mark Williams, portfolio holder for sustainable environment at RBC, said: “Carrying waste without having a licence is an offence, and licensed businesses must also complete, sign and keep a waste transfer note describing what is being carried, where it was collected and where it is being taken. The regulations are designed to make sure that all waste is dealt with safely and without causing any health risks or pollution to the environment. Using a licensed waste carrier also makes sure that waste isn’t fly-tipped.

“Scrap metal is valuable so I am confident that this wouldn’t have happened in this case - nevertheless carrying waste without a licence is unfair on legitimate traders and must be followed up with a fixed penalty.”