A lorry driver admitted to police he had been carrying waste for 25 years without a licence after he was pulled over during a recent operation.
Nottinghamshire police said it had carried out the operation to clamp down on illegal waste carriers and fly tippers in the county. Officers from the DVSA were also on hand to weight vehicles for going over the prohibited weight carrying limit.
In total, 12 vehicles were stopped in the day-long operation last month, ranging from transit vans, skip lorries, trailers and flatbed trucks. Five drivers were issued with fixed penalty notices and one vehicle was seized due to having no MOT. Officers also gave advice about the importance of making sure documents, insurance and licences are up to date and to be able to travel with waste in their possession.
Chief Inspector Heather Maelor said: “With the help of our partners from the council, DVSA and the Environment Agency we were able to spend the morning really cracking down on those fly-tipping and people without the correct waste carrying licences – issues that we know are so important to the farming communities.”
DVSA director of enforcement Marian Kitson said: “We want to remind local vehicle operators of their duty to ensure their vehicles are well maintained and safely loaded to keep local Newark and Sherwood road users safe.”