Paperwork breaches uncovered in waste spot checks

Environment Agency

The Environment Agency (EA) has reminded waste drivers that they must carry with them the correct paperwork after spot checks in Hertfordshire uncovered a series of breaches.

The checks took place in Borehamwood with environment officers joined by the police, DVSA and council officers.

It said 90% of the vehicles it stopped had to be reminded of the law on carrying waste.

The EA said it pulled over 33 van and HGV drivers and asked them to show they were carrying the right documents, while vehicle inspections were also carried out.

Half a dozen drivers had missing or incomplete paperwork and will now be subject to an EA investigation, while follow-up letters will be sent to another 23 as a general reminder to register if they want to transport waste.

Any lorry or van moving waste for commercial reasons must be registered by law to ensure it is disposed of correctly, or else be subject to further action by the agency.

Hannah Wooldridge, EA senior technical officer said: “The results from our latest checks on lorries and vans in Hertfordshire prove the worth of finding out if drivers and operators are working within the law when carrying waste on board.

DVSA traffic enforcement manager Mick Cheeseman said: “There’s no excuse for driving with mechanical defects or with an overweight or insecure load.”

O-licence lost for communication and compliance failures

Traffic commissioner Nick Jones

A Welsh operator with a history of poor compliance has had its O-licence revoked after failing to reply to correspondence from the traffic commissioner’s office.

Despite EJ Lewis & Sons eventually emailing the office of TC Nick Jones (pictured) to inform him that it had ceased trading and intended to surrender its O-licence, the TC decided revocation was necessary as its failure to correspond was “unacceptable”.

In a written decision, Jones said the company had appeared at a PI in 2013 due to maintenance concerns and then again in August 2018 because of maintenance and drivers’ hours concerns.

After the second PI the number of discs authorised on the Clynderwen O-licence was reduced to two, its repute was gauged to have been tarnished and there was also an undertaking that the mechanic employed by the company would attend a course to improve his skills.

When EJ Lewis failed to provide evidence of the mechanic having taken the course, ‘propose to revoke’ letters were issued.

The operator responded claiming it no longer used its own mechanic and had instead contracted out the maintenance.

However, it had failed to notify the TC of this change.

It later contacted the TC’s office saying the operator intended to sell the business and was therefore wanted to surrender the O-licence.

In his decision, TC Jones said: “This is an operator that does not have a good compliant history and despite repute being tarnished a year ago, it has failed in its responsibilities.”