UK new heavy truck market off the pace in first nine months of 2018
The UK heavy truck market remains in recession, with registrations of HGVs at 16 tonnes and above 8% lower in the nine months of 2018, new data shows.
The European Automobile Manufacturers Association’s (ACEA) September report shows that while 231,894 new trucks at 16-tonnes and above have been registered in the EU in the first nine months of the year - a 4.5% increase on the same point in 2017 - UK registrations stand 7.9% lower compared with the same period last year at 27,025.
The latest monthly data shows that in September 2018, 3,876 new trucks at 16 tonnes and above were registered in the UK, a 6.8% decline year on year.
In comparison, Germany was essentially flat with a 0.1% decline to 5,286 registrations at the heavy end of the market in September.
However, France saw its September registrations climb 7.5% year on year to 4,021 while Poland’s market was also up by 8.6% at 2,709 new registrations.
While the EU CV market in its entirety remains larger in 2018 than in 2017, ACEA added that September saw a decline after five months of continuous growth as registrations of new vans dropped off having driven growth to this point.
According to the SMMT, UK new truck registrations were down 2.6% to 45,045 in 2017, although the brunt of this fall was experienced in rigid trucks with artic unit registrations stable year on year.
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Waste operators to pay back illegal earnings
Two waste operators have been ordered to pay back hundreds of thousands of pounds of money they illegally earned following a proceeds of crime case brought by the Environment Agency.
Andrew Green, from Barnsley, and Dean Ryder, from Doncaster, who ran Grantscope, based in Goodwin’s Yard, Barnsley, received community orders with unpaid work requirements of 200 hours after they were convicted for three separate waste offences at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court in December 2014, upheld after an appeal at Sheffield Crown Court in March 2016.
The offences included: depositing waste outside a permitted area in December 2011; operating a regulated facility without a permit between 20 November 2012 and May 2013; failing to comply with an enforcement notice issued in February 2012 after the illegal deposit of waste outside of the pair’s Goodwin’s Yard site in Barnsley.
Following the failure to comply with the enforcement notice, Grantscope’s environmental permit was revoked, effectively ending its ability to operate at the site. The company went into liquidation in September 2012.
Despite this, the defendants, who jointly owned Goodwin’s Yard, continued waste operations in contravention of the law, including processing waste into trommel fines that were then bagged up to be sold as topsoil. The court also heard that the defendants accumulated a waste pile of nearly 13,000 tonnes before abandoning the waste.
Green and Ryder were back at Sheffield Crown Court earlier this month, in a case brought by the Environment Agency under the Proceeds of Crime Act, following a financial investigation into the lawful costs they avoided from their crimes. The pair’s criminal benefit from operating a regulated facility without a permit was found to be £276,000 in equal share.
Ryder has sufficient assets so must repay £138,002 within three months or face a default prison sentence. Green has assets less than that figure, but must repay £121,422 within three months or face a default prison sentence.
Caron Osborne, from the Environment Agency, said: “Between them, Green and Ryder have been ordered to pay more than £250,000, which is a significant confiscation order that sends out a clear message to others who flout the law that waste crime does not pay. Not only do we use environmental law to prosecute those who abuse the environment, but we also use the Proceeds of Crime legislation to ensure that criminals are deprived of the benefits of their illegal activity.
"Waste crime undermines legitimate businesses and can have significant detrimental effects on communities and the environment. In this case, the two men abandoned approximately 13,000 tonnes of waste material.
“This hearing demonstrates how seriously we take waste crime and we’ll continue to take action against those operating outside of the law and the regulations.”