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Abandoned vehicles

Mayor's Zero Tolerance Campaign on Abandoned Vehicles

                                                                                                 

Mayor Dave Hodgson is conducting a zero tolerance campaign against vehicles left abandoned on streets around the Borough. These vehicles are now sent to be crushed and recycled. Abandoned vehicles attract arson and vandalism, they are also unsightly, and can cause dangerous hazards by blocking pathways and being a source of broken glass. Bedford Borough Council is pleased to report that between 2013 and 2014 the number of abandoned vehicles being recycled by the Council doubled; from 13 to 26.

Residents’ requests to remove unclaimed vehicles continue to be investigated, with the abandoned vehicles being removed for recycling. The process is virtually cost neutral and greener than alternative options, as the costs associated with removal are reclaimed through trading the vehicles for scrap metal; metal which then goes on to be reused.

Mayor Dave Hodgson, watching as an abandoned vehicle is recycled, said “Removing these vehicles plays an important part in keeping Bedford’s streets clear and safe. Drivers who abandon vehicles unfairly impact local residents. We will continue to fight this practise and put the metal to good use.”

 

“Recycling the metal not only provides environmental benefits, but as the cost of removal is recovered, means no money is unfairly diverted away from providing other Council services”.

 

Ampthill Metal Works have confirmed that if drivers take their unwanted cars to the site, along with a valid VQ5 and proof of identity they will pay up to £80 for the scrap metal.

 

REMEMBER: Abandoning a vehicle is a criminal offence and could lead to prosecution. The offence carries a maximum fine of £2,500 or 3 months imprisonment.

 

If you suspect a vehicle has been abandoned, please visit the Bedford Borough Council website for more information; http://www.bedford.gov.uk/, or call 01234 718 060. If the vehicle is causing an obstruction of the highway and is a possible safety hazard, please call the police on their non-emergency number for North and Mid Beds 01234 841 212.

 

The Council will inspect any vehicle reported, but will only remove a vehicle if the Investigating Officer is satisfied that the vehicle is abandoned in accordance with set criteria. In making this decision the Investigating Officer will consider a range of factors such as the age and condition of the vehicle, whether it is in tax, and anything that indicates that the vehicle is not in regular use. 


The Council will not normally remove a vehicle that is taxed and in good condition unless there is strong evidence that it has not been in use for a long time and has been left on the highway or on private land without permission of the landowner/Highways Department.  

 

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