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Abandoned Vehicle

Abandoned Vehicle = Over £500 Worse Off

Mr Emil Paun of Elstow Road, Bedford has been left over £500 worse off having been found guilty of abandoning his car, after prosecution by Bedford Borough Council.

 

Mr Paun’s green Fiat Punto was reported as abandoned in Bunyan Road, Bedford in May 2017 and when inspected it was found that the tax had expired in February 2015 and the MOT in July 2014. He was asked to remove his vehicle and failed to do so.

 

His case was sent to Luton Magistrates Court, where he failed to attend and was found guilty in his absence of abandoning his vehicle. The Magistrates imposed a fine of £220, plus costs and a victim surcharge.

 

Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for the Environment said “Abandoning a vehicle is not just a nuisance to the local community where it is left; it is a criminal offence and can be a hazard to motorists and pedestrians. Where owners refuse to accept responsibility for their vehicles and leave them abandoned on our streets, 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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