A string of cars illegally abandoned on Middlesbrough’s roads have been removed.
Middlesbrough Council’s Environmental Neighbourhood Safety team carried out a joint operation in the town alongside partners from Cleveland Police’s neighbourhood policing teams.
The afternoon’s work saw the removal of five vehicles across the town which were considered to be either abandoned or dangerous or which were untaxed.
In North Ormesby two vehicles were removed, a black Audi from Mill Field Road and a red Vauxhall Astra from Beaumont Road, which was both untaxed and a risk to public safety as it was up on bricks.
Two untaxed vehicles were also taken from Parliament Road in Gresham, a Mercedes and a Vauxhall Corsa.
A fifth vehicle was taken from Dunlane Close in the Ayresome area after a complaint was made to Middlesbrough Council.
Vehicle tax evasion is against the law and while over 98% of vehicles are taxed correctly, a small minority of vehicle keepers continue to break the law.
It costs HM Treasury £94 million every year, vital funds which would otherwise go towards public services so it’s important to catch tax evaders.
Devolved powers are given to local authorities including Middlesbrough Council who have chosen to take on DVLA’s legal responsibility to take enforcement action on untaxed vehicles on the roads and adopted local authority land in our area. This power is devolved from the Secretary of State for Transport. This means that in our town we have additional enforcement capability to support the national enforcement contract.
Police services can also be given devolved powers, including the ability to remove untaxed vehicles from the road under the same process as local authorities.