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  •  'The van was filled with domestic and garden waste as well as metal'

  •  It says in the write up on the Gov.UK website that, 'The van was filled with domestic and garden waste as well as metal'. So he was actually carrying household waste and metal waste, not just green waste. So the basic free waste licence that most of us have and carry would not have helped him.

    I never carry waste from any job ever, but I carry the licence because many years ago I heard of a gardener being done because there were grass clippings which had simply fallen off the ride on mower and onto the trailer and they classed it as carrying waste.

    Obviously a small minded jobs-worth was involved there.

    I have never been stopped in 35 years of professional gardening and I have never seen it happening. But I live in fairly rural Derbyshire and I drive a Hilux and not a van. I know an electrician who kept being stopped for ‘waste’ inspections, but he operated around the Worksop area. Worksop seems to be a hot spot for VOSA etc.

    They do seem to target vans though. Another reason to drive a double cab pickup maybe – and avoid Worksop.

  •  Isn't the green waste licence free? Doh

    I have the higher Ter. Its just another tax for the working man. Much like the trailer licence and 7.5t licence. Shame there's not a government department that goes for the rich and the corporation's that tax avoid.

  • Great find Gary ( like your other post today!) Hopefully its the first of many prosecutions to weed out the fly-by-nights from our industry. Interesting that it took 2 years to get it to court!

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    We've averaged around 1 stop per year in Berkshire; the rules are clear - green waste free licence lower tier, green waste + anything else higher tier licence and small fee every 3 tears. It's per organisation rather than per vehicle and very easy to register. So I have limited sympathy for the person caught.

    • That's interesting I live in Berkshire and have never been stopped once.

      Im know that we should have a licence to discourage fly tipping. But the sort of people that would fly tip are the ones that would steal our tools. I wish they put the money into that instead.

      And what about the poor soul that has no idea they need a licence. Its not like it well published that we need one. For example: I had no idea about plant passports before reading about it on here 

  • In my experience there are too many people flaunting the regulations concerning waste whether it's green waste or scrap metal.  Furthermore flytipping is a growing problem and I have no qualms at all reporting rogue traders. 

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