A vehicle that was seized by Bradford Council back in March this year has been crushed. The vehicle had been used by criminals to commit environmental crimes within the Bradford District.
The vehicle had been reported by local residents in West Bowling who witnessed the van fly-tipping in the area and submitted information to the Environmental Enforcement Team. Enforcement Officers had also received intelligence that the vehicle had allegedly been involved in a fly-tipping incident in the Great Horton area, around the time it was seized.
Using powers that came into force in 2015, the Council can seize vehicles if there is evidence that it has been used for fly-tipping and there is a suspicion that it may be used again.
The owner had over 15 days to come forward to claim their vehicle. Enquiries are ongoing to speak to all liable parties in connection with the fly-tipping, but so far, no response has been received in relation to this case.
After an examination the seized vehicle was seen to be worthless and un-roadworthy – as is often the case – so it has been crushed and later recycled.
Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “We are continuing the fight against fly-tipping which is blighting our neighbourhoods.
“Seizing and crushing vehicles involved in fly-tipping is one way of preventing it from happening again. Taking this extreme action proves that we are committed to doing as much as we can to get these rogue operators off the road. But we do need help from residents.
“Anyone using people to get rid of waste should check the carrier’s documents. Otherwise, you could end up with a fine if the waste ends up getting fly-tipped.
“We all have to take responsibility to fight the menace of illegal fly-tipping and to make sure that rogue traders do not leave us vulnerable to prosecution by dumping our waste.”
Householders have a legal Duty of Care to ensure that their waste carrier is registered and legitimate waste carriers will be happy to produce the relevant documents.
Customers can also check the Environment Agency website to see the register of licensed waste carriers.
For more information, or if you witness fly-tipping taking place and have information, please visit here or telephone 01274 431000.