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London leads the way on vehicles

By Paul Sanderson

Tough new powers are to be given to local authorities to cut down on the number of abandoned vehicles dumped on Britains streets.

Urban Policy Minister Keith Hill has announced that local authorities will be given even greater powers to fine offenders. There will also be more encouragement and help for members of the public to dispose of vehicles.

Hill said: Nuisance vehicles, whether abandoned, untaxed or unlicensed, blight neighbourhoods across the country. They damage our environment and our communities, and they attract vandalism. They also divert public money from other important local services.

At the same time, all 32 London boroughs have announced they will remove nuisance vehicles within 72 hours of a report from a member of the public.

The Operation Scrap-It programme will attempt to address the particularly acute problem of abandoned vehicles faced by residents in the capital.

Home Office Minister Hazel Blears said: London is leading the way in dealing with this problem. People have no excuse now that all London boroughs offer a free take-back service, and they risk imprisonment or a fine of £2,500 if they dump a car.

More than 300,000 vehicles are abandoned nationwide each year. A million vehicles are currently uninsured, untaxed and have no keeper.

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