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Aandoned vehicle

Wilstead man prosecuted for abandoning vehicle

 

A Wilstead man has been left hundreds of pounds worse off and with a criminal record after abandoning his car.

 

Peter Holowatinc was prosecuted by Bedford Borough Council for abandoning a Vauxhall Zafira in Hampton Close, Wilstead, in 2016.

 

Luton Magistrates convicted Mr Holowatinc who did not attend court. He was fined £660, as well as being ordered to pay £268 towards the costs of the council, along with a victim surcharge of £66.

 

A council officer responded to a report of an abandoned car in Hampton Close, on 23 August last year.

 

Checks revealed the vehicle belonged to Mr Holowatinc, of Hampton Close, and had no road tax. He had also failed to notify the DVLA of a change of his address.

 

Mr Holowatinc was asked to arrange for the removal of his vehicle but he failed to respond to the request and so he was issued with a fixed penalty notice. As Mr Holowatinc failed to pay the fixed penalty this left the council no option other than to prosecute at court.

 

Councillor Charles Royden, Deputy Mayor and Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport, said: “Prosecution is always a last resort. When an abandoned vehicle is reported to the council we work hard to find the owner and work together to reach a solution for the removal of the vehicle. However, when this doesn’t happen prosecution is necessary to protect the amenities of the area for our residents.”

 

The council offers a collection service for owners to dispose of unwanted vehicles. For further information, please visit www.bedford.gov.uk/transport_and_streets

 

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