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.