Vehicles could be seized in fly-tipping clampdown

A fly-tipping incident at Fulwood Row

A fly-tipping incident at Fulwood Row

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Vehicles involved in fly-tipping could be seized by council bosses under new powers.

Town Hall chiefs are clamping down on the illegal transportation of waste, and a new law means authorities can now seize vehicles suspected of involvement in fly-tipping.

Offenders can then face the prospect for having their vehicle confiscated.

Deputy head of parks and street scene at Preston Council, Mark Taylor, said: “This new law will benefit enforcement authorities but also the waste management industry as it’s a more effective way to tackle illegal waste activity.

“Fly-tipping and illegal waste crime is something that we continue to work against in Preston and this new law will help.

“The primary focus of these powers is not householders who may be carrying their own waste to legitimate disposal sites. It’s to strengthen our powers to tackle illegal waste operations.”

Preston Council is set to make use of new regulations which came into force this month.

They aim to strengthen the existing powers for enforcement authorities to seize vehicles suspected of involvement in fly-tipping and waste crime, to reduce the burden of criminal activities.

The authorities, including councils and the Environment Agency, can now seize any vehicles involved in the illegal transportation of waste or any which are linked to environmental crimes such as fly tipping.

A warning is being issued to any businesses carrying waste to make sure they have registered with the Environment Agency.

Preston Council spends around £1.7m every year cleaning the city, with many of the incidents in back alleys.