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Joint Operation Hits Unlicensed Waste Carriers

Anyone carrying waste illegally in Bedford is being warned to stop immediately, after a joint operation targeted those breaking the law.

Bedford Borough Council, working jointly with Bedfordshire Police and HM Revenue & Customs, stopped 30 vehicles on Tuesday 16th February at two sites in the borough to check that drivers had the correct license (waste carrier license) to carry and dispose of waste. Fraud officers were also on hand to make sure drivers are not illegally claiming benefits whilst Trading Standards and Bedfordshire Police were checking vehicles were safe to be on the road and ensured any trader claiming to be a member of any association was authorized to make the claim.

As a result, 12 drivers are now the subject of further waste carrier license checks and 7 drivers were stopped for minor traffic offences.

This ‘Stop and Search’ action followed a similar and very successful operation last month.

Councillor Charles Royden, portfolio holder for Environment & Transport at Bedford Borough Council, said: “Illegal waste carriers frequently fly tip their rubbish. This is unsightly and costly for tax payers to clear up. Bedford Borough Council wishes to be clear that we will not tolerate anyone breaking licensing regulations. We will remain vigilant to catch anyone who flouts these rules and we will hold these people to account for their actions.

“Whilst most waste disposal drivers are working within the regulations, there are those operating without the correct licenses, and from experience we know that if people aren’t legally registered, they may fly-tip the waste.

Steve Hazell, a spokesman for HM Revenue & Customs in the East said:  “HMRC are working closely with our partners to ensure that traders are correctly registered for Income Tax and VAT.   As well as depriving the Government of vital funds which could be used for schools and hospitals; unregistered traders who don’t pay their fair share are gaining an unfair advantage over the competition.

For anyone who would like further information on how to keep to the correct side of the law, see links below:

Waste - Duty of care is a law which states that you must take all reasonable steps to keep waste safe. If you give waste to someone else, you must be sure they are authorised to take it and transport, recycle, and dispose of it safely.

Authorised waste carriers - Check whether your contractor is an authorised waste carrier, or find an authorised waste carrier in your local area.

www.environment-agency.gov.uk/publicregister

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