Easier ways to scrap your car than abandoning it
Owners of end-of-life vehicles in Suffolk are being urged not to risk acquiring a criminal record and landing costly fines, by disposing of old cars responsibly rather than simply dumping them.
At Bury St Edmunds Magistrates Court on 31 January 2018, Mr. Andrew Newman of Bury St Edmunds and Mr. Simon Plumridge of Haverhill were charged with abandoning vehicles registered in their names, contrary to Section 2 of the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978 (as amended).
The offences took place in September and October 2017. Neither Mr. Newman nor Mr. Plumridge attended court and both were found guilty in their absence.
Each of them were fined £400 and ordered to pay a £40 victim surcharge. St Edmundsbury Borough Council was also awarded full costs of £672.50 in both cases, meaning that both Mr. Newman and Mr. Plumridge were each made to pay £1,112.50.
These latest prosecutions follow on from the ten cases for abandoning a vehicle that West Suffolk councils brought before the courts in 2017, one case was settled out of court whilst the other nine have resulted in convictions as well as fines and costs totaling £13,339.
Under the Government’s End of Life Vehicle Directive, car manufacturers have set up facilities to scrap complete old cars when they reach the end of their life. Unwanted vehicles can be taken to certain sites or can be picked up and taken for disposal, depending on the make of your vehicle.
Giveacar is a not-for-profit social enterprise that can turn your old car into cash for any UK charity. Free collection is arranged, then either sell your car at auction or scrap it with the proceeds raised going to your charity.
Visit www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/bins/street_cleaning/abandonedvehicles.cfm to find links to schemes. (For abonded vehicle information from other Councils click here)