Ilfracombe woman successfully prosecuted for abandoning vehicle

Posted on: 15 August 2017

A woman from Ilfracombe has been successfully prosecuted by North Devon Council and fined following the abandonment of her vehicle.

On Thursday (10 August 2017) at Barnstaple Magistrates Court, Ms Leanne Oakley, 29 of St Brannocks Road, Ilfracombe was found guilty of abandoning her car, a Seat Ibiza at Oxford Park, Ilfracombe.

She was fined £400, as well as being ordered to pay £768.75 towards the costs of the council.

Councillor Rodney Cann, Executive Member for the Environment, says: “When an abandoned vehicle is reported to the council we work hard to find the owner to reach a solution with them for the removal of the vehicle. However, when this doesn’t happen the council will remove the vehicle and serve a £200 Fixed Penalty Notice on the person responsible. It is only when this fine is not paid that we prosecute, where a heavier penalty and costs can be imposed by the court. In this case Ms Oakley had failed to pay the fixed penalty, leaving the Council with no option but to prosecute.

“When selling on a vehicle, unless trading it in at a dealership, we advise keeping details of the buyer and sending off the V5 registration document to the DVLA themself.”

To report an abandoned vehicle or other environmental offence, please contact customerservices@northdevon.gov.uk or phone 01271 388870 with details of the exact location, make, model and registration number. You can also report incidents on the council’s website, https://my.northdevon.gov.uk/service/Abandoned_vehicle

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