Maria Caulfield the MP for Lewes together with Councillor Isabelle Linnington, lead Councillor for waste in Lewes District, attended Operation Waste on Friday 23rd November at the Beddingham weighbridge site near Lewes on the A27 just East of the Newhaven roundabout.
The result of the operation was very positive with 46 vehicles being stopped and checked in relation to the carriage of waste and their roadworthiness.
Maria Caulfield MP and Cllr Linnington observed the actions taken by the officers at the scene which gave them an insight to the positive work being taken by Lewes District Council to combat waste crime.
Of the 46 vehicles stopped several offences were detected. One vehicle was impounded and had to be recovered from the site by a low loader as it had no insurance or current MOT. The driver was reported for the offences. Four vehicles had defective tyres and these vehicles were held on site under the vehicle rectification scheme until the tyres were replaced by a mobile tyre fitter. One driver was found to be operating without an operator’s licence and he was reported for the offence. 3 vehicles had defective indicators and brake lights and the drivers were dealt with under the vehicle rectification scheme. One waste operator driver was found not to have completed his waste transfer notes for his collections and deliveries during the day and he was given a verbal warning in relation to this offence and his company notified.
Maria Caulfield MP said “HGVs and other large vehicles can be extremely dangerous if they are not roadworthy or their loads are not secured properly. It was great to join Lewes District Council, Sussex Police and the DVSA to see first-hand the action that they take to keep our roads safe and ensure that waste is going to the correct sites and not being fly tipped, which I know will be good news for many residents.”