A driver of a truck laden with a tonne of garbage who could not prove he had permission to transport waste was netted in sting.
Greenwich police and council officers were out in force last Wednesday (6) for a crackdown on nuisance vehicles on the roads. The day of action on Woolwich’s South Circular Road saw drivers pulled over for insurance, licence and waste carrier checks. Two vehicles were seized and a truck driver who failed to produce papers giving him the authority to carry waste was fined £340. The officers also made arrangements for his rubbish to be transferred into a skip at his expense.
The day was held as part of the borough’s ‘Operation Stop It!’ campaign which aims to clear Greenwich’s streets of vehicles which have been abandoned and those which are untaxed in addition to any suspected of being used for fly-tipping. Police officers have been assigned to the campaign from the Met’s London wide Operation Cubo which shares the council’s aim. Action to crackdown on fly tipping and enviro crime by the council also led to the issuing of nine £300 Fixed Penalty Notices to shops in Herbert Road, Plumstead during August.
Councillor Jackie Smith, the cabinet member responsible for the community safety and the environment said: “The Royal Borough of Greenwich is proud to be working with the Metropolitan Police to do all we can to remove nuisance vehicles from our streets. Those illegally carrying waste can expect fixed penalty notices and even prosecution which could result in seizure of vehicles and fines that run into thousands of pounds.”
Borough Commander for Greenwich Metropolitan Police Service, Simon Dobinson said: “This is a great example of the proactive work we are conducting with Royal Greenwich to stop crimes such as fly-tipping before they happen. Removing unlicensed and uninsured vehicles also makes the borough’s roads much safer not just for motorists but for all residents.”
To report illegal waste carrying in Greenwich email firstname.lastname@example.org with the registration of the vehicle and any additional details and to report fly tipping visit www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/flytipping