Vehicles stopped outside Eastbourne

Some 46 vehicles were stopped outside Eastbourne as part of a crackdown on people fly-tipping.

Monday, 26th November 2018, 12:57 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 5:05 pm

The checks were carried out last Friday at the Beddingham weighbridge site near Lewes on the A27 just east of the Newhaven roundabout – part of Operation Waste.

Polegate and Lewes MP Maria Caulfield joined the team from Lewes District Council and said 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.

Of the 46 vehicles stopped several offences were detected.

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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.

Three vehicles had defective indicators and brake lights and the drivers were dealt with under the vehicle rectification scheme.

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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 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.”