Ealing Council has prosecuted a business for putting skips on the street without a licence.
The two skips were placed on the public highway (Saxon Drive in Acton) without the council’s permission contrary to the Highways Act 1980. All skips on the public highway must hold a licence. Council officers noticed the skips had no lights, skips must be lit at night so that they can be clearly seen by road users, and upon further investigation it was discovered that they did not have a licence.
At Ealing Magistrates Court on Thursday, 18 November, the company, Rubbish Express Ltd. was fined £700 per skip and ordered to pay full costs of £448.11 as well as a victim surcharge of £15, totalling £1863.11.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “In this day and age, there is no reason for a professional skip company not to follow the basic rules of the road. Every skip on the street needs a licence and lights for the safety of everyone on the road. This dangerous and unprofessional behaviour will be followed up and we will seek to prosecute and fine as we have done in this case. I do hope this sends a clear message to these companies that they can’t skip on the rules.”
In 2010, the council tightened up its skip policy to ensure the safety and convenience of residents. More information on skips can be found on these pages.