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Partnership working tackles illegal use of vehicles

A tow truck loading on a car and a van which have been seized by police.

A multi-agency operation to combat crime and anti-social behaviour took place in Slough yesterday (Thursday).

Slough Borough Council teamed up with the Thames Valley Police Neighbourhood Policing Team, Road Policing Unit, and the Home Office, for Operation Caesium, to clamp down on vehicles being used illegally. 

This included carrying waste without a licence, unsafe or non-roadworthy vehicles, driving offences, fly tipping and unpaid parking fines.

The operation was based in St Martins Place, Montem Lane and over the course of the day more than 100 people were stopped and spoken to.

The agencies:

  • took several vehicles off the road for insurance offences
  • issued three fixed penalty notices for driving offences
  • collected £5,542 in unpaid parking fines
  • a Private hire vehicle operator was reported for not displaying plates correctly. 

Councillor Beni Bains, lead member for regulation and public protection, said: “This was a great display of partnership working. Every driver has a responsibility to be safe and legal on the road. 

“This operation was a chance to catch offenders but also to educate people on the proper use of their vehicles and the importance of checking they use a registered waste carrier.”

Kurt Henney, from the council’s resilience and enforcement team, said: “With the challenging environment we find ourselves in, partnership working is now more important than ever so we can work closely with other agencies to help make our streets safer and greener to live on. 

“Residents can also help us combat environmental crime by checking that the person taking their waste has the authority to carry waste. You can check a waste carrier’s licence on the Environment Agency website and ensure they give you a receipt for the waste and where it will be disposed of.”

You can search for registered waste carriers

Published: 12 November 2021