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Better co-ordination to stop illegal waste carriers

Sales WasteCarriersLicence - Thursday, November 22, 2018

The Environment Agency and DVSA will share intelligence and carry out operations to stop illegal waste carriers and improve road safety.

The Environment Agency and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency register as a waste carrier if they:
  • transport waste
  • buy, sell or dispose of waste

However, some carriers operate illegally without the necessary licence, and don’t dispose of waste legally.

Companies who use a waste carrier must check they’re registered to dispose of waste, and not allow the waste carrier to dispose of their waste illegally.

Every year waste crime costs taxpayers and businesses £1 billion. The Environment Agency spent almost £15 million stopping illegal waste activity between April 2015 and March 2016.

What the agreement will do

The Environment Agency and DVSA will share intelligence and carry out joint operations in England to:

  • stop waste being illegally transported
  • target unsafe drivers and vehicles

The agreement will see:

  • DVSA staff working within Environment Agency teams, making sure enforcement action is coordinated and effective
  • information and intelligence shared between the 2 agencies, increasing the effectiveness of roadside enforcement activity on waste industry vehicles
  • enforcement teams provided with up-to date and relevant intelligence about waste industry operators

This will all help to:

  • identify high-risk or illegal goods vehicle operators who are involved in the transport of waste
  • reduce the number of seriously and serially non-compliant waste industry vehicles on England’s roads
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