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Vehicles for Sale

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It is a criminal offence to sell a vehicle in the street and other public spaces under the Local Government Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1982. Offences may also be committed contrary to the Highways Act 1980 and the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 where it is illegal to leave multiple vehicles for sale on Council land, including highways, laybys and green space, within 500 meters of one another.

Bedford Borough Council has the power to issue Fixed Penalty Notices to owners/keepers of vehicles which are for sale illegally..

 

Impact of Vehicles for Sale on the Environment and Communities:

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  1. Unable to clean roads or pavements properly which can lead to a build up of detritus, and to anti social behaviour problems with littering, fly tipping, and other environmental crimes.
  2. Vehicles for sale can cause or encourage other vehicle owners to park illegally or unsafely, potentially causing accidents.
  3. Restricts access for emergency and wide vehicles by taking up road space.
  4. Vehicles parked partly on pavements or verges can limit accessibility for pedestrians, pushchairs and wheelchair users, potentially causing accidents.
  5. Vehicles sold on roads in residential areas can restrict access for homeowners to property and parking spaces.
  6. Diminishes the appearance of local areas and communities, thereby reducing house prices and limiting residents’ quality of life.
  7. Increase in incidents of vehicle crime.

 

The aims of our initiative to enforce vehicles illegally for sale are:

  • To reduce incidents of vehicle crime including nuisance vehicles and abandoned vehicles.
  • To raise awareness of vehicle crime related offences.

 

Report a vehicle illegally for sale

If you suspect a vehicle or vehicles are being sold illegally, please use one of the below ways toBedford LCS logo report it to us for potential investigation

  • By Mobile Application: You can report any environmental offences by using Clean Streets Bedford. For further information, to report an offence or to download the App please use the above link.
  • Calling the Environmental Services Helpdesk on 01234 718060

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