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Council to deal with abandoned vehicles

abandoned car
Abandoned vehicles are sometimes left in the station car park
Camera courtesy of Fujifilm
The district council is setting up a task force to deal with an increase in abandoned vehicles.

Later this month, street wardens from Welwyn Hatfield District Council will carry out foot patrols looking for untaxed and abandoned vehicles.

Brookmans Park station car park; Woodside Lane, Bell Bar; the west side of the A1(M) south of Home Farm; and the north end of Dellsome Lane, Welham Green, are all areas where vehicles have been abandoned in the past.

Some will be the result of car theft and left by joyriders, but others will have been abandoned by the vehicles owners. WHDC says it wants to trace offenders.

The council is only responsible for dealing with abandoned vehicles but during the campaign will work with the police and DVLA to check on untaxed vehicles in the district.

It is illegal not to have a current licence disc and offenders face fines of up to 1,000 for a private car or motorcycle, and up to 23,000 for a heavy goods vehicle.

Offenders could also face paying penalties covering the period from when the vehicle was last taxed.

The council says there has been an increase in the number of reports of untaxed and abandoned vehicles recently and the authority has streamlined its procedure for dealing with the problem.

Street wardens will serve removal notices on any abandoned vehicle and remove them the following day.

Abandoned vehicles should be reported to Welwyn Hatfield Council on 01707-357421.

The issue has already been raised in this site's forum.

January 14, 2003

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