Tackling fly-tipping is a Government priority. It blights local communities and the environment wherever it occurs. As such, we have given waste collection authorities such as the London Borough of Barnet the power to enable them to search and or seize vehicles that they suspect have been involved, are involved or are about to be involved in fly-tipping and other waste crimes.
In accordance with the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, an authorised enforcement officer from a waste collection authority may search and seize any vehicle (and its contents) that the enforcement officer reasonably believes:
In addition, under section 6 of the Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989, a magistrate may issue a warrant to the police to seize a vehicle if there are grounds for believing that an offence under section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 has been committed.
In the event a vehicle is seized as above, it must be dealt with in accordance with the Control of Waste (Dealing with Seized Property) England and Wales) Regulations 2015.