Bracknell fly spill crackdown: Drivers landed in hot water
A multi-agency day of action to tackle fly tipping has thrown a number of motorists into hot water.
On April 21, the Public Protection Partnership, Thames Valley Police, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and HMRC traveled to Sandhurst to stop cars suspected of carrying litter.
- 57 vehicles were examined, 28 should have had waste hauler permits and 26 did.
- 5 vehicles received prohibition notices. Two were overweight, one 0.8 tonnes and the other over 1.5 tonnes.
- There was a truck driver who had incorrect documentation and irregularities with the tachograph. Fines were issued of £1500.
- Two utility vehicles had broken springs and one had defective tires.
- A non-commercial vehicle was seized without a road fund license.
- A commercial vehicle driver (with a child passenger) was found to have no driver’s license or insurance.
The public protection team was focusing on waste management, checking that those dumping waste were registered with the Environment Agency.
A person must be registered with the Environment Agency and hold a waste hauler license in order to take away your household waste
For the year 2020/21, local authorities in England dealt with 1.13 million fly-spill incidents, an increase of 16% on the 980,000 reported in 2019/20. In the Bracknell area, there are an average of 25 reports per week of fly tipping.
Cllr John Harrison, Executive Member for Culture, Delivery and Public Safety, said: “These multi-agency operations are part of an ongoing program of measures across the borough to address unlicensed and unsafe vehicles. It’s great to see the agencies working together on a range of issues including road safety, overloading and waste hauling. Other events of this type are planned in the borough and I look forward to them.