Council prosecutes local resident for abandoning a vehicle
Published on 27th September 2017
On Monday 25 September Cheltenham Borough Council prosecuted a resident of Chiltern Road for abandoning his Vauxhall Corsa.
Mr Kieran Jackson, the registered keeper of the vehicle pleaded guilty by post to the court for an offence of abandoning a motor vehicle under the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978.
Mr Jackson had left his vehicle in a private car parking area near his home address. The vehicle was in a poor state with broken windows, missing steering wheel, damaged gear stick, bare wires showing, radio pulled out and missing. A notice from the land owner had been attached to the vehicle requesting the keeper to remove it. The police had also attached a police aware notice to the vehicle.
A community protection officer inspected after it was reported to the council for allegedly being abandoned. On inspection the officer deemed the vehicle to be abandoned. Due to the state/condition of the vehicle and it being a possible fire hazard to nearby property the vehicle was recovered within 24hrs of inspection.
Mr Jackson was notified that he had 14 days to recover his vehicle or be issued with a fixed penalty notice. The vehicle was not recovered and a fixed penalty notice was issued giving the opportunity to pay the penalty and discharge any further action being taken against him. Mr Jackson failed to pay the penalty which left the council no alternative but to institute legal proceedings against him.
Councillor Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for development and safety, said: “This latest prosecution should send a clear message that we will always take enforcement action where evidence is available for us to do so."
The District Judge that heard the case took into account Mr Jackson’s early plea and his reduced income. The case was proven and Mr Jackson was fined £120 and ordered to pay costs of £400 along with a £30 victim surcharge totalling £550.
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Notes: There has been 288 reports of alleged abandoned vehicles during the period of 1 Sept 16 – 1 Sept 17.