Caught driving a tipper truck full of waste without being registered with the Environment Agency has today (Mon 18/9) cost Patrick Egan £965.
Egan of Grange Road, Grays was convicted in his absence by Basildon magistrates of driving the truck without being registered as a waste carrier nor being employed by a registered waste carrier.
The court fined him £660 and ordered that as well as the fine he should pay a victim surcharge of £66, Environment Agency costs of £85 and compensation of £154.
The tipper truck was stopped by police in Gumley Road, Grays in the course of an investigation into fly-tipping.
When the vehicle was stopped in January this year it was loaded with rubble, bricks and plasterboard.
Don’t ignore advice
Egan told them the vehicle belonged to a friend called James whom he sometimes did favours for, such as driving lorries, and was paid £100 to drive it.
He said he did not check the load.
After the hearing an Environment Agency officer spokesperson said: “People driving tipper trucks such as Mr Egan drove have a responsibility to check the load and to be properly permitted by the Environment Agency. It is not good enough to ignore this advice as the court decision has shown today.”
The cost of registering with the Environment Agency in 2017 is £154. The registration is valid for 3 years.