Successful prosecution for abandoning a vehicle
Published on 29th November 2017
Earlier this month (6 November), a successful prosecution was brought against a local person for abandoning his vehicle.
In March the council received a complaint of an alleged abandoned Renault Laguna that had been left in Centrum Park, Tewkesbury Road, Cheltenham.
One of the council’s community protection officers inspected the vehicle and deemed it to be abandoned. Enquiries established that the vehicle was not taxed and did not have a current MOT. Further enquiries were made and Mr Dragomanu Ahdrei-Eugeh of Wellington Street, Gloucester was identified as being the registered keeper.
A letter was sent to Mr Ahdrei-Eugeh giving him the opportunity to come forward and explain why he had abandoned his vehicle, a 15 day removal notice was also attached to the vehicle indicating that the council would remove it should there be no response.
As no correspondence was received from the registered keeper within the specified time, the vehicle was collected and disposed of.
Mr Ahdrei-Eugeh was issued with a fixed penalty notice which offered him an opportunity to pay the penalty to discharge any liability to further action being taken against him in the Magistrates’ court. The fixed penalty charges were £200 if paid within 14 days, and this was reduced to £120 if paid within 10 days. As Mr Ahdrei-Eugeh failed to pay the penalty charge, the council had no option but to institute legal proceedings against him.
Mr Ahdrei-Eugeh was found guilty in his absence and was fined £440 and ordered to pay £350 towards the cost of the case being brought to the court by the council. He was also issued with a victim surcharge of £44.
Councillor Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for development and safety, said: “Abandoned vehicles can be a danger to members of the public and this latest prosecution sees that we will always take enforcement action where evidence is available for us to do so."
The total fine and other charges Mr Ahdrei-Eugeh was issued came to £834.
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