Waste Transport and other commercial vehicles

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Peter Silverman

Dear Environment Agency,

I am concerned about the high levels of waste on the verges of our highways.

I have witnessed waste coming off the top of waste transport vehicles and refuse coming off the back of other commercial vehicles.

Can you please let me have details of the actions the Agency has taken against the drivers and/or operators of these vehicles over the last 2 years including prosecutions and on-the-spot fines (fixed penalty notices)?

Have you prosecuted any of the operators of waste transport vehicles under EPA S34?

If so please gives details of each prosecution in the last two years.

Yours faithfully,

Peter Silverman
www.cleanhighways.co.uk

Enquiries, Unit, Environment Agency

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Dear Peter

 

Enquiry regarding actions the Environment Agency has taken against the
drivers and/or operators of waste transport vehicles over the last 2 years
including prosecutions and on-the-spot fines (fixed penalty notices).

 

Thank you for your enquiry which was received on 5 May 2016.

 

We respond to requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and
Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

The Environment Agency’s mandate is to focus on larger scale waste
incidents. While the escape of waste from vehicles might come within the
scope of our enforcement activities under certain circumstances, this type
of incident will normally be a matter for local and other authorities. In
the past two years we have not prosecuted or cautioned any offenders for
the escape of waste from transport vehicles.

 

The Environment Agency issues Fixed Penalty Notices usually for Hazardous
Waste offences which are usually where the waste carrier/consignor fails
to prepare and complete a consignment note on behalf of the hazardous
waste producer, or failure to use consignment notes or where the operator
of a consignee facility receiving hazardous waste fails to make a
consignee quarterly return for all hazardous waste received at that
facility within a set time period.

None of the Fixed Penalty Notices issued have been for waste coming off
the top of waste transport vehicles and refuse coming off the back of
other commercial vehicles.

 

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permitted use of this information.

 

Please get in touch if you have any further queries or contact us within
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