TIDWORTH: Woman issued with penalty after abandoning car

TIDWORTH: Woman issued with penalty after abandoning car

Published by Jack Deery at 12:36pm 10th September 2019. (Updated at 12:38pm 10th September 2019)

Wiltshire Council say they are taking a tougher stance on abandoned vehicles.

A woman from the town has been given a £200 fixed penalty notice for abandoning her Honda CRV on the public highway in Tidworth.  

Environmental Enforcement Officers issued a removal notice which the owner failed to do. 

The vehicle also had no tax and no MOT. 

This is the eleventh £200 fixed penalty notice issued by Wiltshire Council to people who have abandoned their vehicles.

Just six of the notices have been paid in the last month. 

Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Waste said:

 "Abandoned vehicles are not only an environmental hazard, but they are expensive to remove, look unsightly and take up valuable parking spaces.

In addition to the environmental problems outlined previously, when a vehicle is dumped, the council must divert critical resources from other services areas to deal with them."

WHAT IS CLASSED AS AN ABANDONED VEHICLE?

It is down to council officers to decide if a vehicle has been "abandoned" but they say there are a number of characteristics that are generally common to abandoned vehicles:

  • Untaxed, with no current vehicle keeper on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency record
  • No valid MOT
  • Stationary for a significant amount of time
  • Significantly damaged, run down or unroadworthy
  • Burnt out
  • Flat tyres
  • Presence of mould on either the inside or outside of the vehicle
  • Contains waste

Residents can report abandoned vehicles using Wiltshire Council's online reporting tool 'My Wiltshire' or by calling 0300 456 0100.

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