Abandoned vehicle costs MK company £1,500

Thursday 18 April 2019

 

Abandoned vehicle

A company from Milton Keynes has been ordered to pay over £1,500 after pleading guilty to leaving a vehicle abandoned.

MK Council’s Environmental Crime Unit had responded to a report on 30 April 2018 that a Vauxhall Zafira had been left abandoned on Tansman Lane, Old Farm Park since February 2018.  On inspection, it was discovered that the car was parked at a dangerous angle away from the kerb and close to a junction.

Milton Keynes Magistrates Court heard on 12 April 2019 that Comfortable Marketing Solutions Ltd, the registered owner of the vehicle, had failed to respond to letters sent by enforcement officers.  As a consequence, the company was served with a seven day notice and threatened with destruction of the vehicle.

Company directors failed to co-operate with the investigation and in May 2018 the car was placed in storage, before being destroyed.

Comfortable Marketing Services Ltd was fined £300 and ordered to pay £465 in compensation to cover the Council’s cost for recovery, storage and destruction, as well as MKC’s legal costs of £905.

“There is absolutely no need to dump an end-of-life vehicle on a road, and we’re pleased this company has been punished for doing so,” said MK Council’s Environmental Crime Team Leader, Pete Roberts.  “There are licensed scrap metal dealers and car breakers that will take a car away for nothing.

“Abandoning a vehicle is a criminal offence under S.2(1)(a) Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978.  Offenders can face a fine of up to £2,500 or imprisonment.”

If you suspect that a vehicle has been abandoned please report it to us: https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/waste-recycling/report-or-request-it/report-an-abandoned-vehicle