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EA Clampdown - November pilot planned

illegal sites
The EA start their clampdown shortly but as the graph above shows, they've also been busy closing down illegal operators.
The Environment Agency is planning for a depollution clampdown in the new year so it might be a good time to check that you’ve got all the bases covered.

Although the campaign doesn’t get into full swing until 2015, you need to be aware that the EA will be undertaking a ‘pilot’ exercise this side of Christmas, which we expect to take place in November.

The pilot will focus on North London and Hertfordshire and the areas they are most likely to pay particular attention to are:
  • Air-con
  • Shock absorbers
  • Airbags
  • Mixing of oils & brake fluid (brake fluid must be collected & stored separately from engine-gearbox oil)
We would recommend that you all check your sites and make sure that you have suitable equipment, training and procedures in place.
Illegal sites
The EA has also been quite busy with illegal sites and the graph above gives an indication of how effective they have been. They tell us that illegal sites are tackled on a risk basis i.e. the highest risk first, and some area teams have had local campaigns.

As an example, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire areas have worked with Humberside Police, HMRC and the local Authority to target high risk, illegal sites during 2014/15. This involved Ebay searches and co-ordinated days of action which picked up illegal breakers carriers and exporters.

Previously, there had been work carried out to identify illegal ELV breakers by the Dukeries and Trent team, again using searches and data on Ebay and other sites. This resulted in 6 permits being issued and 2 exemption registrations.

The EA are currently working with colleagues in Greater Manchester, Mersyside, and Cheshire (GMMC) areas to scope the extent of the problem with unpermitted sites and to target their resource and effort to tackle the illegal operations. They are prioritising those sites with the highest turnover and throughput. This should commence in November.

Here at atfPro we are more than aware of the problems caused for legitimates auto recyclers when trying to compete against illegal operators and we welcome anything that helps to reduce this problem. Perhaps the ease that eBay let’s illegals sell parts will also make it easier for the EA to stop them!

November 2015

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