Abandoned vehicles are not only unsightly, but can be dangerous, especially to youngsters who are tempted to use them as play equipment.
Under the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978, it is the duty of the local authority to remove any vehicle found to be abandoned in the open air, or on any part of the highway.
This initiative is designed to improve residents' quality of life by ending the environmental blight caused by nuisance vehicles.
To help improve the environment, The End of Life Vehicle directive came into effect in 2005. This Directive requires all scrapped vehicles to be de-polluted before destruction and for a certain percentage of materials to be recovered for re-use or recycling.