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New Stop and Search Powers for Environmental Crime

March 6, 2015
Environmental Crime

Enforcement officers will be able to seize vehicles suspected of being involved in fly tipping thanks to enhanced powers aimed at cracking down on environmental crime.

The new regulations follow the introduction of tougher sentencing guidelines for environmental offences announced last year, which should result in larger fines for serious offenders.

The new seizure powers, expected to be in force from 6 April, include the ability to stop, search and instantly seize vehicles suspected of being involved in waste crime. The range of offences for which a vehicle can be seized will also be broadened to cover breaches of the waste duty of care, operation of an illegal waste site and the unauthorised carrying of controlled waste.

Waste Management Minister Dan Rogerson said: “Fly-tipping blights communities and poses a risk to human health, which is why we are supporting the seizure of vehicles suspected of involvement in this pernicious crime. The removal of their means to dispose of waste illegally will act as a greater deterrent to persistent offenders.”

Last week the government launched a consultation on enhancing powers to tackle waste crime as part of its Waste Crime Action Plan. In 2013-14 there were 852,000 fly tipping incidents costing approximately £45.2 million in clearance costs.

You can view a copy of the Waste Crime Action Plan HERE