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‘Scrapyard capital’ of the North

 
COUNCIL has spent almost £10,000 removing abandoned or burnt out vehicles from across the district.

This figure was released after Derry and Strabane was branded as the “scrapyard capital” of the North, with the local authority removing the most vehicles in the region.

According to Confused.com councils across Northern Ireland spent £39,494 of rate-payers’ money removing abandoned vehicles in 2016 and 2017.

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Of all the councils, Derry and Strabane removed the most abandoned vehicles over the two years.

“Usually abandoned cars are vehicles that have been in the same location without being driven for some time,” a spokesperson for council explained. “However, if a car is untaxed this does not necessarily mean that the vehicle is abandoned – and is therefore a matter for the DVLA or the PSNI.

“In normal circumstances, council is required to apply a seven day notice to the vehicle before it can be removed – unless the abandoned vehicle is posing a significant, immediate risk to the public.

“The current cost, this financial year to date, the council has spent on removing abandoned or burnt out vehicles from across the district is £9,768.25.”

Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com, added, “The rising cost of fuel, car insurance and tax is overwhelming some motorists in Northern Ireland, causing some of them to ditch their vehicles.”

She concluded, “Drivers who suspect a car has been dumped in their area should use Confused.com’s search tool to contact their local council, who will get in touch with the owner, or remove it.”

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