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Commercial vehicles targeted during multi-agency operation

 Published on: 10th February 2019   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A multi-agency operation in Bushey targeted commercial vehicles, scrap metal collectors and waste carriers. 

The police led operation involved officers from the Borehamwood, Potters Bar and Bushey Safer Neighbourhood teams, Vehicle and operator Services Agency (VOSA), the Environment Agency, Trading Standards and Hertsmere Borough Council on the A41 in Bushey on Wednesday, February 6. 

Eighty-two vehicles were stopped during the operation with two vehicles were seized, three drivers were reported for having no driving licence or insurance and a wanted man was arrested for assault. 

Three motorists were also told to reduce their loads and four drivers were dealt with by VOSA for using vehicles that were not roadworthy. Three drivers were also reported and will be fined or summonsed to court. 

PC Dean Edwards, who co-ordinated the operation, said: “We run these operations regularly to help keep our roads safer and all the partner agencies worked well together to reduce fly-tipping and illegal waste carriers. It is worrying that drivers are using the roads without adequate insurance or MOTs and sometimes not even a driving licence.  

“We seized one of the vehicles – a red flat-bed truck – as we discovered he had no MOT. He also had no driving licence, which made his insurance invalid. It has been scrapped today. He has also been reported and he will be summonsed to court for the traffic offences.” 

Waste Officer Hannah Wooldridge from the Environment Agency in Hertfordshire said: “Working with partners such as the police helps us run roadside operations, and the ability to share intelligence around non-compliant waste carriers. 

“We also want to make it very clear to the general public that everyone has a duty of care to ensure their waste is managed and disposed of correctly by the people they give it to. If you use illegal waste carriers to take your rubbish you risk being fined up to £5,000.”

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