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Abandoned and illegal vehicles seized during Operation Stop It!

The Royal Borough of Greenwich and the Metropolitan Police seized 12 vehicles during ‘Operation Stop It!’ last week. The rolling operation aims to remove nuisance vehicles from the roads in Greenwich; this includes abandoned vehicles, untaxed vehicles and vehicles suspected of being used for fly-tipping. 
 
Tax checks were carried out on Wednesday 28 June; abandoned and illegal vehicles were then seized by the Royal Borough so that they would no longer cause a health hazard to residents and a risk to motorists.
 
The most high-profile seizure of the day was the removal of a truck that was being driven on the public highway fully laden with waste. The driver was questioned and the vehicle seized for failing to produce authority to transport waste.  
 
The Royal Borough’s Environmental Enforcement team targeted Kellner Road in the morning and multiple roads in Abbey Wood in the afternoon following increased reports of enviro-crimes from residents.
 
Councillor Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Environment, said:
 
"The Royal Borough of Greenwich is proud to be working with the Metropolitan Police to do all we can to remove nuisance vehicles from our streets. We are sending a clear warning to motorists: those illegally carrying waste can expect fixed penalty notices and even prosecution which could result in suspended custodial sentences, seizure of vehicles and fines that run into thousands of pounds.” 
 
Borough Commander for Greenwich Metropolitan Police Service, Simon Dobinson added:
 
“It is so important that we crack down on illegal vehicles in this borough. We will continue to work closely with the Royal Borough of Greenwich on removing as many illegal vehicles as possible. ‘Operation Stop It!’ enables us to drive home the message that we will not tolerate this sort of crime.”
 
A legitimate waste carrier must have a Waste Carriers Licence issued by the Environment Agency. The Environment Agency has a publicly accessible register of all licensed waste carriers. Residents who may see or have suspicions that someone is carrying waste illegally can also report this to envirocrime@royalgreenwich.gov.uk along with the registration of the vehicle and any additional details. 
 
If you suspect someone of fly-tipping, you can also report this at: www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/flytipping