Vehicles for Sale
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
Bedford Borough Council has the power to issue
Fixed Penalty Notices to owners/keepers of vehicles which are for
Impact of Vehicles for
Sale on the Environment and Communities:
- 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
- Vehicles for sale can cause or encourage other vehicle owners
to park illegally or unsafely, potentially causing accidents.
- Restricts access for emergency and wide
vehicles by taking up road space.
- Vehicles parked partly on pavements or verges
can limit accessibility for pedestrians, pushchairs and wheelchair
users, potentially causing accidents.
- Vehicles sold on roads in residential areas can
restrict access for homeowners to property and parking spaces.
- Diminishes the appearance of local areas and
communities, thereby reducing house prices and limiting residents’
quality of life.
- 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
Report a vehicle illegally for sale
If you suspect a vehicle or vehicles are being
sold illegally, please use one of the below ways to 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.
- Emailing the Environmental
- Calling the Environmental Services Helpdesk
on 01234 718060