Agency staff allowed to seize cars involved in waste crime

Frontline enforcement staff in England and Wales will be allowed to seize and search cars without a warrant under a wide variety of laws in a bid to tackle waste crime

Frontline enforcement staff in England and Wales will be allowed to seize and search cars without a warrant under a wide variety of laws in a bid to tackle waste crime. 

In a consultation, which closes on 3 February, DEFRA asks for views on regulations that give councils in England and Wales, the Environment Agency (EA) and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) more tools to investigate suspected waste offences.1

Under the Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989, authorised officers are already allowed to seize vehicles and their contents if they suspect certain offences have occurred (endsreport.com/19079). 

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