Seven in MG waste blitz
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• Seven trucks have received immediate prohibition notices in a hazardous waste check on the M6 in the West Midlands.
Twenty six vehicles were stopped during the six-hour operation between junctions 6 and 7. One truck was found to be leaking hazardous waste from a 200-litre drum. Its driver was forced to call out another vehicle and transfer the drum contents.
Other vehicles did not carry fire extinguishers or had inadequate information about their loads.
Chris Eaton, HM principal inspector of factories said that the joint operation with the motorway police had targeted road tankers and trucks carrying hazardous substances.
One foreign driver was found to be displaying hazardous load plates unnecessarily.
Further blitzes are planned for the West Midlands in the early part of next year. One will be carried out on the motorway, another on other roads.