DRIVERS of minivans will be prevented from using Bickenhill tip without a permit, as the council aims to reduce the amount of trade waste dumped at the recycling centre.
A permit system for large vehicles is already in place at the household waste recycling centre, preventing vans or cars with trailers bringing recycling except on Tuesdays from 10am.
Residents who access the tip in short-wheel base minivans or campervans were exempt from the permit system, but waste officers are looking to stop them accessing the site without a permit from April 2020.
Permits are free for Solihull residents but tip visits are limited to 12 per year.
The restriction would affect vehicles with a Volkswagen Transporter or Mercedes-Benz Vito chassis.
In a report to the environment and highways committee at Solihull council, officer Chris Packer recommended the council ‘introduce a restriction on motor-home/camper van-type vehicles.’
To compensate for the move, the council would ‘extend visit times for permitted vehicles on Tuesdays to coincide with extended site opening hours.’
In the report, similar restrictions at Wolverhampton City Council, Birmingham City Council and Coventry City Council were cited as benchmarks for the policy.