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What does the Neighbourhood Enforcement Service do?

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The Neighbourhood Enforcement Service responds to complaints of nuisance and environmental issues, and delivers educational and preventative measures to stop problems occurring in the first place.

To clamp down on fly tipping, the Neighbourhood Enforcement Service will be able to stop and search trade vehicles and inspect documentation.

Any tradesmen without the necessary Environment Agency licence and/or transfer notes to carry waste will be issued with a fixed penalty notice (FPN). This will be an important strategy to try to stop fly tipping before it occurs.

The powers, under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act, will also enable the team to deal with a vast range of other issues such as unauthorised traveller encampments, bonfires, fly tipping, nuisance parking and graffiti.

Enforcement Officers have the authority to issue Section 46 Domestic Refuse Presentation Notices and Section 47 Commercial Refuse Notices. These notices can only be appealed to a Magistrate.

They will be able to issue increased fines in the form of Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) for dropping litter, graffiti offences and fly-posting, nuisance parking, and abandoning a vehicle.

 

Our Neighbourhood Enforcement Service:

  • Is actively involved in a campaign aimed at school children to highlight environmental crime issues with the aim of challenging and modifying people's behaviour at a young age
  • Carries out roadside checks of waste carriers vehicles and licenses
  • Removes motor vehicles (see below)
  • Seizes and take action against the owners of unlicensed or dangerous skips
  • Takes action against the owners of vehicles parked on pavements or verges
  • Challenges anti-social behaviour on the street with the power to

    • Demand names and addresses

    • Confiscate alcohol from persons under 18 years of age

    • Confiscate alcohol from persons drinking alcohol in designated alcohol free zones

    • Confiscate tobacco products from persons under 16 years of age
  • Removes abandoned shopping trolleys etc.

 

Seizing vehicles

The Neighbourhood Enforcement Service is empowered to remove motor vehicles under certain circumstances:

  • If a vehicle does not have valid tax
  • If the vehicle appears to have been abandoned
  • If the vehicle appears to be in a dangerous condition
  • If the vehicle is causing an obstruction

 

Reclaiming a vehicle

Before a vehicle can be returned, the claimant must produce a form of identification to the Neighbourhood Enforcement Office, such as a passport or driving license.

Vehicle Registration or a receipt from the DVLA Office also needs to be shown. If the applicant does not have the Vehicle Registration document they must contact the DVLA to complete a V62 form and pay a £25 fee.

If the vehicle is to be claimed by a person other than the vehicle owner, then a letter of authorisation from the registered keeper must be produced.

Untaxed and abandoned vehicle charges

Untaxed vehicles
Cars, motor cycles, vans    
                               

£100 if claimed within 24 hours

£200 if claimed after 24 hours

£21 storage charge after 24 hours

Plus £160 Surety which will be refunded once a valid road tax purchase receipt is brought to Enforcement.
Untaxed vehicle
HGV less than 12000 kilos

£100 if claimed within 24 hours

£200 if claimed after 24 hours

£21 storage charge after 24 hours

Plus £330 Surety which will be refunded once a valid road tax purchase receipt is brought to Enforcement.
Untaxed vehicle
HGV over 12000 kilos

£100 if claimed within 24 hours

£200 if claimed after 24 hours

£21 storage charge after 24 hours

Plus £700 Surety which will be refunded once a valid road tax purchase receipt is brought to Enforcement.
Abandoned, dangerous, obstructing vehicles £140 release fee paid before 14 days

£200 to be paid if issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice.                      

£21 storage charge after 24 hours


Fee is reduced to £180 if paid before 7 days by cash or 14 days with Credit/Debit card.

 

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