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Tough new measures for abandoned cars in Wales

Tough new measures have been introduced to tackle the blight of abandoned cars on the streets of Wales.

The legislation from the Welsh Assembly Government considerably reduces the amount of notice that has to be given by local authorities and police before they remove abandoned vehicles.

The notice required for vehicles in such a condition that they should be destroyed has been reduced from seven days to 24 hours, while for all other vehicles the disposal notice is reduced from 21 days to seven days.

Minister for environment, planning and countryside, Carwyn Jones said: “Abandoned vehicles are a blight on our neighbourhoods and are arson cases waiting to happen. The legislation will make a real difference to people who live and work in affected areas of Wales.”

Anyone with an unwanted vehicle they wish to dispose of or who has spotted a vehicle they suspect has been abandoned are advised to contact their local authority for advice.

Jones added: “Local authorities and police will now have the power to remove many abandoned vehicles after 24 hours, rather than having to wait seven days as before. This legislation has the full backing of the Arson Reduction Initiative in the three fire service regions of Wales.”

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