Crackdown on waste spills on road in Essex
A crackdown on lorries spilling waste on roads in Essex has started with a CCTV car on patrol to film offenders.
Basildon Council set up the CCTV car after incidents of waste spills on the A13 near Pitsea landfill site.
Fixed penalty notices of £300 have already been issued to some offending companies who have paid up.
"Lorries regularly spill waste whilst in transit because the loads are not covered with a net," said Brian Boyce, from Basildon Council.
He added: "We plan to regularly deploy the CCTV Smart car in areas where the illegal transport of waste is a known problem.
"We hope by actively seeking out those who transport waste irresponsibly it will act as a deterrent."
The CCTV enforcement vehicle came into operation last year to clamp down on dangerous parking along high streets, main routes and outside schools.
It will also be used along clearways, on pedestrian crossings, at bus stops and where loading and unloading is not permitted, the council said.