£1,000 fine for driver in fly tipping crack down

News from Medway Council website:

A 55 year old man from Chatham has been fined £1,000 by Medway Magistrates after being caught in a joint police and council operation to crack down on fly tipping.

Terry Arnold, of 22 White Road, Chatham, was stopped on Wednesday July 11 2012 and issued with a £300 fixed penalty notice because he didn’t have authority to transport waste. If he had paid within ten days, the penalty would have been reduced to £180. But the penalty wasn’t paid by August so Arnold was invited to an interview within 10 days, but he didn’t respond so he was taken to court.

It cost Medway Council £2.7 million to clear up and get rid of fly tipped rubbish in 2009-2010. People who don’t have a licence to carry waste are a higher risk for illegally storing, transporting and disposing of waste or fly tipping than people who do have the licence.

Every month, Medway Council enforcement officers working with Kent Police check scrap metal merchants and carriers to make sure they have the right documents. ‘Operation Discard’ means the council can monitor the waste and who is responsible for the production and disposal of waste, and the police check vehicle paperwork at the same time.

On Tuesday 20th November 2012 Arnold didn’t appear for the case at Medway Magistrates Court and, in his absence, was fined £1000 with full costs of £409.90 and £15 VS – (victim surcharge – applied to every case dealt with by a fine which is proved at court. The money raised will go to support local organisations that have a proven track record in supporting victims, including childrens’ groups and charities supporting victims of rape, domestic violence, hate crime, burglary, anti-social behaviour and other violent crime- including murder and manslaughter.)

Councillor Mike O’Brien, Community Safety and Customer Contact Cabinet member on Medway Council, said: ‘The licence to carry waste that Mr Arnold should have been carrying costs £150 for three years from the Environment Agency. By not buying that licence, his total fines are ten times that amount. Medway Council is committed to ensuring our area is a clean and pleasant environment for everyone. I am pleased magistrates are helping us to enforce the rules that prevent fly tipping.’

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