Unlawful dumping of waste lands fly-tipper in court

HMRC

A rogue operator who advertised a waste clearance service on Facebook before fly-tipping two loads in Wiltshire has been fined £3,275.

Ryan Clegg pleaded guilty at Salisbury Magistrates’ court on 2 December to two counts of fly-tipping, one count of failing in his duty of care when managing controlled waste and one count of transporting controlled waste without a waste carriers’ licence.

Wiltshire Council presented evidence that showed Clegg was paid to collect a large quantity of waste as a result of adverts on social media.

However, instead of lawfully disposing of the waste at a commercial waste tip, Clegg dumped it across two sites near Calne.

The defendant failed to attend his first hearing at Swindon Magistrates’ in September and so he was arrested and brought before the court in November and released on bail.

Clegg was also sentenced to 140 hours of community work.

Councillor Bridget Wayman, Wiltshire council’s cabinet member for highways, transport and waste said, “This prosecution highlights the growing problem of ‘tip run’ operators advertising on social media, then fly-tipping the waste. The severity of the punishment shows how seriously the courts take this issue. 

“Hopefully the community order will include litter picking and waste clearance.

“If someone offers to take your waste away cheaply, it will probably end up being fly-tipped in our beautiful countryside.”

Anyone caught fly-tipping could be ordered to pay a £400 fixed penalty notice to taken to court where they face an unlimited fine or imprisonment.

Isuzu Motors buys UD Trucks from Volvo Group

Volvo Isuzu Alliance

Isuzu Motors and Volvo are to form a technological partnership having agreed the sale of Volvo Group’s UD Trucks in a deal worth around £1.8bn.

The deal is expected to be completed in mid-2020 with an alliance also formed between the businesses to enable them to develop and share future advanced technologies.

The partnership is initially expected to focus on heavy trucks, particularly autonomous and alternative fuelled vehicles, with possible collaboration on medium and small trucks. It is said that the technological partnership will help combine expertise and share investment costs as Volvo Group, Isuzu Motors and UD Trucks move forward.

Martin Lundstedt, president and CEO of the Volvo Group said: “The Volvo Group and Isuzu Motors have a well-established relationship on medium-duty trucks in Japan based on mutual respect, shared values and win-win spirit. We see great potential to extend our cooperation within technology, sales and service as well as other areas going forward, for the benefit of our customers and business partners. Our UD Trucks colleagues have done a great job to improve performance in recent years and the alliance opens up a great opportunity to continue the successful journey.”

“Isuzu Motors and the Volvo Group strongly believe in the business opportunities and synergy potential between the two Groups. We intend to derive the full value from each other's different specialties across product and geographical strongholds. Our collaboration will actively contribute to service improvements and strengthened customer satisfaction as well as to prepare ourselves for the forthcoming logistics revolution," says Masanori Katayama, president and representative director of Isuzu Motors.

The announcement of the sale had a positive impact on Volvo shares which saw a rise of around 5% during trading, however, after an initial jump of 3% Isuzu stocks dropped back ending down by more than 5% form their high following the announcement with analysts indicating that the 250bn yen sale price is perhaps too high.