Although an abandoned vehicle is a nuisance, a nuisance vehicle is not always abandoned. The council is only able to deal with abandoned vehicles.
Nuisance vehicles are vehicles which are
- poorly parked
- causing an obstruction
- involved in residential parking disputes
- broken down
An abandoned vehicle is one that has been left by the owner who does not intend to reclaim it.
Here are some pointers to help you identify an abandoned vehicle:
- has been in the same area for a considerable length of time
- if the vehicle is not drivable
- if the vehicle is damaged or vandalised
- if the vehicle is untaxed (this should not be the sole consideration)
- if there is mold or grass growing on the windows or door seals - evidence that the vehicle has not moved for some time
- attempts have been made to hide its identity
- the location suggests its been abandoned
- if the tyres are flat
- if the vehicle is being used to store items
Abandoned vehicles are unsightly and can lead to crime through the cars being vandalised and burnt-out. Cars being burnt-out pose a danger to the public from fire and explosion hazards.
A burnt-out car continues to be dangerous and should not be approached. Burnt-out vehicles also have a negative effect on the environment due to dangerous fluids leaking into waterways, for example.
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