The changing price of scrap metal means that the number of abandoned vehicles (dumped cars, vans and other vehicles) continues to be a problem throughout the country. Babergh and Mid Suffolk are no exception.
It is a criminal offence to abandon a motor vehicle, or any part of a motor vehicle, on any land in the open air or on any highway – this can lead to a fine of up to £2,500 and/or three months in prison. Alternatively, a fixed penalty notice may be issued which gives the opportunity to make a one-off payment of £200.
However, many of the vehicles reported to the council are untaxed vehicles or vehicles parked inconsiderately, rather than being genuinely abandoned. Just because a vehicle is in poor condition and/or out of tax does not necessarily mean that it is abandoned and therefore additional enquiries may have to be made to establish whether or not the vehicle is abandoned before the Council can remove it.