Permits introduced for household vans at Pinhoe and Exton recycling centres in Exeter

Household van owners now need a permit to use a pair of recycling centres in Exeter.

New rules apply to Exton Road and Pinbrook Road, Pinhoe, facilities and came into effect on Monday, April 4.

The permit replaces a previous van booking system and drivers can apply online for free.

Residents in the Devon County Council (DCC) area with privately-registered panel vans or flat-bed vans now need a permit to use both centres.

They can still use the sites for free.

DCC says the scheme aims to ‘make it easier’ to use the facilities by reducing queues.

It will also help cut commercial waste operators and businesses from disposing of waste without paying for it.

Councillor Roger Croad, DCC cabinet member for waste management, said: “The van permit system is designed to tackle the illegal disposal of business waste at our recycling centres at taxpayer expense.

“Business waste should be disposed of at licensed, commercial facilities.

“Instead of restricting all panel vans, this system restricts business vehicles and allows Devon householders with privately registered panel vans to continue using the facilities.

“This will help us make sure that Devon residents with household waste can access the sites more easily, safely and with less queuing.”  

Permits entitle the holder to a total of a dozen visits over the next 12 months.

They will only be issued to vans registered to individual residents and not to vehicles registered to businesses.

Cars, pick-ups, bicycles, motorcycles, fully-fitted campervans and minibuses, vans modified for wheelchairs and van-based people-carriers won’t need a permit.  

 Vans hired out by a householder also will not need a permit, but DCC says ‘terms and conditions apply’.

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