London — Every year waste crime costs taxpayers and businesses £1 billion. The Environment Agency spent almost £15 million stopping illegal waste activity between April 2015 and March 2016. Now the Environment Agency and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have agreed on steps and operations to stop illegal waste carriers and improve road safety in England. Sir James Bevan, Environment Agency Chief Executive, and Gareth Llewellyn, DVSA Chief Executive, signed the paper yesterday in London.
Shared information and intelligence
The agreement will help to share intelligence and carry out joint operations in England to stop waste being illegally transported and target unsafe drivers and vehicles It will see DVSA staff working within Environment Agency teams, making sure enforcement action is coordinated and effective. Information and intelligence shared between the 2 agencies, increasing the effectiveness of roadside enforcement activity on waste industry vehicles, will provide enforcement teams with up-to date and relevant intelligence about waste industry operators. Furthermore this will help to identify high-risk or illegal goods vehicle operators who are involved in the transport of waste and reduce the number of seriously and serially non-compliant waste industry vehicles on England’s roads
Building on years of joint work
For a number of years, the Environment Agency and DVSA have worked together to stop waste crime, making sure companies are operating legally and vehicle safety is improved.
Gareth Llewellyn, DVSA Chief Executive, balanced: „DVSA priority is to protect you from unsafe drivers and vehicles. I am delighted that we will be working with the Environment Agency to tackle those who illegally transport waste. By combining our enforcement powers and intelligence we’ll be able to target those who break the rules more effectively. DVSA traffic examiners will issue fines to those waste carriers we find to be operating in an unsafe manner. These operators are putting themselves and other road users at risk and pose a danger to our environment.“
Sir James Bevan, Environment Agency Chief Executive, commented: „We want to protect people and communities from the impact that vehicle and waste crime can have and create a level playing field for all operators. This memorandum of understanding with DVSA will help both organisations target the waste industry to improve compliance and vehicle and driver safety standards. To help us with this, we are encouraging people to check with the Environment Agency if the company they are employing to take their waste away is a fully registered waste carrier.“
Source: Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)