Herts crackdown on waste crime

Illegal waste crime was the target of the DVSA and the Environment Agency (EA) in a day of vehicle checks in Hertfordshire.

Police officers supported the initiative, which led to waste carrier checks being conducted on seven lorries in the Broxbourne borough.

Two vehicles were seized for having no road tax and another vehicles that had no valid waste carrier licence and was illegally carrying scrap metal waste was taken off the road by the DVSA.

Chief Inspector Craig Flint, said: “Not only does illegal waste, which can end up dumped indiscriminately, cause a blight on our countryside, there can also be associated criminality, including traffic offences, as well as the detrimental effect on public health.

“Operations like these provide a brilliant opportunity to remind carriers about their responsibilities, enhance our intelligence around such practices and take action against those who flout the rules.”

Mark Nevitt, EA national enforcement service team leader said: “Working with partners such as the police helps us run roadside operations, and the ability to share intelligence around non-compliant waste carriers.

“The Environment Agency wants to make sure businesses carrying waste have the proper authorisations to allow them to transport and transfer rubbish – a waste carrier’s registration from the Environment Agency and waste transfer note from the waste producer.”

Prem Kumar, DVSA vehicle enforcement manager said: “Working closely with the Environment Agency and the police in this way is an efficient way to stop dangerous operators.

“We’ll continue to use intelligence, technology and expert skills to stop illegal operators and keep the roads safer.”


Father and son O-licences revoked

Two operator licences belonging to a father and son have been revoked after a traffic commissioner found they breached undertakings, did not meet financial standing and had racked up prohibitions and fixed penalties.

Simon Evans, TC for the North West, said Ashbourne, Derbyshire-based JLM European and sole trader William Morritt must both be removed from the industry and also that Morritt, his son Jamie and JLM were all “manifestly without repute.”

JLM European and its director Jamie was granted a licence in 2017 on the condition that father William played no part in the business.

However, it was called to a PI after it became apparent William had been added as a director in the Companies House record; vehicles had attracted prohibitions and MOT failure rates were worse than the national average.

William Morritt was also called to the same PI after a maintenance investigation found an absence of brake testing, an independent audit of licence compliance had not been carried out and vehicles had attracted fixed penalties for tacho and drivers’ hours offences.

At the PI, William was unable to demonstrate financial standing for his sole trader operation and he admitted that his licence was now operating “under the wing of JLM”.

He also admitted that he regarded the undertaking that he played no part in JLM as “less important that he now knew it to be.”

The undertaking that he obtained an independent audit on his sole trader licence had also not been carried out; in a written decision, TC Evans explained: “He believed that since DVSA had undertaken a maintenance inspection in July 2018 that this negated the need for him to arrange an audit.

“For a man so long involved in the haulage industry to offer such an excuse in belief it might be accepted is incredible.”

The TC revoked both operators’ licences and William was disqualified from holding or obtaining a licence.

Jamie did not appear at the PI and the TC concluded: “In order to provide him with the opportunity to make representations about disqualification as a director, partner or sole trader in writing, or if he wishes, to do so orally in front of me, I do no more than indicate my intention in this decision.”