A van owner who ignored repeated requests to provide evidence he was licensed to collect scrap metal has been ordered to pay almost £500 in court costs and fines.
At Banbury Magistrates’ Court last Tuesday, Gheorghe Bechian, 64, of Boscombe Road, Birmingham, admitted failing to comply with the requirements of a notice issued under the provisions of Section 71 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
The court heard how on September 6, 2013 a Cherwell District Council enforcement officer spotted a red Ford Transit Tipper van carrying scrap metal items and followed the vehicle into Market Place, Banbury.
The officer noticed two men stop and collect two metal barrels from the roadside and place these into the rear of the vehicle. A DVLA check showed the vehicle was registered to Bechian but checks with the Environment Agency did not reveal a waste carrier licence, nor was Bechian registered as a scrap metal dealer.
Notices were served requesting him to provide a valid waste carrier licence and detailed information as to the use of the vehicle on that day. But these notices and requests to attend interviews with the council were ignored.
Bechian was fined £300, ordered to pay £150 legal costs and £30 victim surcharge.
Cllr George Reynolds, Cherwell’s deputy leader, said: “It is a criminal offence to collect scrap metal without a licence so it’s important that anyone who is seen doing so in Cherwell is licensed and approved.
“When information is requested under the Environmental Protection Act, recipients of these letters have a legal duty to cooperate by acknowledging these letters, submitting the necessary documentation and attending any interviews.”