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ELVs get two-week amnesty

Collection and disposal of end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) will be free in England for the next week or so.
One hundred and eighty nine local authorities will take the cars in an initiative that runs from January 17-28 organised by the Keep Britain Tidy campaign.
"Apart from costing taxpayers £24 million a year to move, any old motor left lying around is likely to be vandalised or torched," said Keep Britain Tidy chief executive Alan Woods.
The two-week amnesty was set-up after research showed that some councils were spending over £80,000 a year shifting abandoned motors. Some local authorities also charged up to £67 to tow away ELVs, leading owners to abandon them.
"The situation at the moment just isn't acceptable," continued Woods. "Over half a million people complained about dumped cars in 2003 and the number of vehicle fires has risen by 48% in the last six years. Frankly, we need to get them shifted - and shifted quick."
To make the public aware of the temporarily free service, Keep Britain Tidy has also launched a poster.

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