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Council Targets Illegal Car Sales

Wednesday 10th March

Bedford Borough Council is targeting rogue traders who are breaking the law and ignoring Council warnings by trying to sell cars by the roadside.

Officers believe many of the cars sold in this way may have been stolen or have fake or misleading service histories whilst anyone who buys a car in this way has little or no recourse to the seller if problems arise in the future.

Bedford Borough Council is now putting stickers on cars parked on verges or roadsides, warning sellers it is illegal to offer vehicles for sale in this way.

If the vehicles are not removed, the council will use enforcement powers against the owners which can lead to a £2,500 fine and a criminal record.

Whilst officers are aware of various ‘hotspot’ areas they are also continuing to monitor the rest of the borough to swiftly deal with problems as they arise.

Ongoing joint operations with the DVLA and Bedfordshire Police will continue throughout the year to deter those who seek to profit from breaking the law as well as protecting the residents of the Borough.

Councillor Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for the Environment said: "We have listened to residents' concerns about the increasing number of cars marked for sale which unscrupulous people are parking on our streets.

“These cars are taking away residents' legitimate parking spaces and are creating eyesores around the borough. Parking cars for sale on the public highway is illegal and, if necessary, we will punish those who insist on continuing to commit this offence.'

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