'No licence, no vehicle' Royal Greenwich and Police crackdown on illegal vehicles

Published Monday, 11 September 2017

Two vehicles have been seized and a driver has been fined in an intensive joint operation between Royal Greenwich and the Metropolitan Police.

The morning of Wednesday 6 September saw Royal Greenwich officers and the Metropolitan Police out in force on Woolwich's South Circular Road. Vehicles were pulled over for insurance, licence and waste carrier checks with all illegal vehicles being seized by the Royal Borough.

The day of action formed part of Royal Greenwich's rolling 'Operation Stop It!' which aims to remove nuisance vehicles from the roads in Greenwich, this includes abandoned vehicles, untaxed vehicles and vehicles suspected of being used for fly-tipping. Metropolitan Police Officers were assigned under Operation Cubo, which is the pan London operation aimed at reducing the number of illegal vehicles on the capital’s roads.

The most high-profile seizure of the day was the removal of a truck that was fully laden with one tonne of waste. The vehicle was seized by the Royal Borough after the driver failed to produce authority to transport waste papers. He was fined £340 and officers made arrangements for his waste to be transferred into a skip at his cost.

September's operation comes after an major drive by the Royal Borough to crackdown on fly-tipping and wider enviro-crime. Back in August, the Council issued nine £300 Fixed Penalty Notices to shops in Herbert Road, Plumstead who failed to provide evidence of proper waste disposal arrangements.

Councillor Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Environment, said: "The Royal Borough of Greenwich is proud to be working with the Metropolitan Police to do all we can to remove nuisance vehicles from our streets. Those illegally carrying waste can expect fixed penalty notices and even prosecution which could result in seizure of vehicles and fines that run into thousands of pounds."

Borough Commander for Greenwich Metropolitan Police Service, Simon Dobinson added: "This is a great example of the proactive work we are conducting with Royal Greenwich to stop crimes such as fly-tipping before they happen. Removing unlicensed and uninsured vehicles also makes the borough's roads much safer not just for motorists but for all residents."

If you see or have suspicions that someone is carrying waste illegally, you can report this to along with the registration of the vehicle and any additional details.

If you suspect someone of fly-tipping, you can also report this at

You should always ask to see a licence to transport waste before you agree to let any company take away your waste.

For a fee, you can arrange for us to remove bulky items of household waste using our special collection service


Notes to Editors

A legitimate waste carrier must have a Waste Carriers Licence issued by the Environment Agency. The Environment Agency has a publicly accessible register of all licensed waste carriers.

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