A team of agencies including Hyndburn Council, Lancashire Constabulary, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), the Environment Agency, HM Revenue and Customs (Red Diesel), and Lancashire County Council worked together on an operation to tackle waste crime in Hyndburn recently.

Both waste and scrap metal carriers and hauliers were stopped by the Police and escorted to a Council depot to be inspected for any vehicle defects and to check the authentication of relevant permits, licences and authorisations. Officers targeted waste vehicles; carried out vehicle checks, operator licences, insurance, road tax and driver classification checks.

The operation resulted in several warnings being issued to owners of vehicles with defective mechanical and structural faults and the impoundment of a vehicle which was operating illegally, without an Operator’s Licence. Other warnings were also issued to non-licence holding scrap metal carriers and for non-payment of road tax and vehicles without the relevant permits.

Council Leader, Cllr Miles Parkinson, said;

“This was a successful operation which sends a clear message to those who carry out waste crime, that we and our partners are working together collaboratively to tackle this issue in Hyndburn. We want to reassure Hyndburn residents and businesses that we’re all coming together to deal with waste crime and will be carrying out more multi agency operations like these, to catch unscrupulous operators who have no licence, road tax or relevant permits.”

Inspector Catherine Platt of Lancashire Police, said;

“This operation demonstrates our commitment to working with partner agencies targeting those who continue to run businesses in contravention of the law”.

Neil Vosper, DVSA Enforcement Intelligence Officer, says:

“DVSA’s priority is to protect everyone from unsafe drivers and vehicles.”

“The people targeted in this operation have put profit before safety, and are often breaking more than one law. By working together with partner agencies we’re using public funds more efficiently when tackling these offenders.”

“By doing so we’ll help ensure that it doesn’t pay to break the rules.”