Statement from Hounslow Council regarding reported abandoned vehicle

A statement from Leader of the Council, Councillor Steve Curran.

Published: Wednesday, 27th February 2019

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We have learned of the issue of an abandoned vehicle outside of an elderly resident’s home in the borough and are sorry to hear about the distress and inconvenience this has caused. Having looked into the case, it appears that reports received relating to the car were followed up by a Community Enforcement Officer (CEO) a number of times, and on each occasion, the car was found to be parked legally, taxed and in roadworthy condition.  As a result, no further action was taken by Hounslow Highways and the enquiry was closed.

“Having now checked the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) records, it seems that the vehicle’s tax expired last month. A CEO will visit the site today, place a notice on the vehicle and carry out checks with the Metropolitan Police.  If following due process, the car is still classed as abandoned, arrangements will be made to have the car removed in approximately two weeks.

“We would encourage all residents to report any vehicles which they believe are not taxed or MOTed. They can check the status using the DVLA vehicle checker.

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