Checks on waste carriers reveal duty of care breaches

A "stop-and-check" operation in north-east England has revealed that large numbers of vehicles transporting waste are not carrying transfer notes which are a key element of the "duty of care". Local authorities believe that the findings raise serious doubts about the Government's claim that the legislation can be satisfactorily enforced by waste producers, carriers and disposers.

The stop-and-check exercise was carried out over a four-day period in April by the waste regulation authorities of Cleveland, Northumberland, Durham and Tyne and Wear. Almost 400 vehicles carrying waste were stopped.

Only seven vehicles were found to be operated by carriers who were not registered as required under regulations introduced in 1991.

However, one-third of the vehicles were not carrying transfer notes. Under the duty of c

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