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End of the road for abandoned cars in Sheffield

Monday, April 15, 2002

Meg Munn, Labour and Co-operative MP for Sheffield Heeley has expressed her pleasure with the government announcement about abandoned vehicles.

Last Autumn, the government launched a public consultation on dealing with the growing problem of abandoned cars and Meg encouraged Sheffield people to contribute to that debate, taking soundings from local people, the police and the council. (Garry Weatherall, Terry Fox, Julie Dore and Martin Lawton, Labour candidates in the forthcoming local election helped promote the debate by distributing surveys which local people completed showing the scale of the problem of abandoned vehicles in the south of the City).

On Wednesday 9th April, as a result of the consultation that Sheffield shared in, the government announced how they are going to tackle the problem. From 9th April new powers have been granted to local authorities to remove some abandoned cars within 24 hours of being stickered, rather than seven days. This will help local authorities respond more quickly and effectively, reducing the risk of arson.

The government is also making it easier for local authorities and the DVLA to work more closely in partnership, funding of £2.7 million will be made available to set up IT links so that local authorities can access the DVLA vehicle record on line.

There is a role for Sheffield Council, acting in partnership with the DVLA to clamp and remove unlicensed vehicles. A pilot scheme launched a year ago in Newham has seen 1700 cars clamped, 700 scrapped and the number of abandoned cars in the Borough fall by 10%. If this is repeated in Sheffield it will be a great improvement and one that our fire officers have been calling for as well as the police and local people, as abandoned cars are regularly burnt out in the city.

Meg said "Abandoned cars have become a major problem in Sheffield. The Labour government announcement on 9th April is designed to tackle vehicle crime, clamping down on road tax evaders and control the nuisance and blight caused by dumped cars. I am so pleased that the voice of Sheffield has been heard in this debate and that our streets will soon be much safer and cleaner"

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