Used cars spoiling the landscape

| 08/05/2017

I have noticed in the past week or so that the grass strip across from Queens Court Plaza on West Bay Road has been converted to a public used car lot. Is there not a law or regulation forbidding this type of activity? It makes our island look like a mess. What government agency would be responsible for cleaning up this type of activity?

Auntie’s answer: This question was sent in a few weeks ago and I have been working to get the answer. I must give credit to the National Roads Authority (NRA) for their efforts in clarifying the situation because a staff member actually went to the spot in question to check. However, as of Thursday, 4 May, there were no vehicles for sale parked on the grass.

In general, when cars are parked on public roads the NRA can get involved and put a letter on the vehicle notifying the owner that it will be towed if it’s not removed.

But dealing with abandoned vehicles basically falls to the Department of Environmental Health, an issue I have tackled in a previous column (see Getting rid of abandoned cars). Abandoning a vehicle is an offence under The Litter Law (1997 Revision) and the offender is subject to a fine upon conviction.

If cars start to reappear on that grass strip or anywhere else they shouldn’t, please write again.

The law mentioned in this column can be found on the CNS Library

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  1. Anonymous says:

    On a recent drive between Pedro and Rum Point and going down several roads off the main road, I counted over 30 vehicles-cars, tractors, backhoes and other heavy equipment and boats very obviously abandoned (mashed up, grass and bush overgrowing) in full view of the road so any drive by by a DEH team looking for such things would easily see them. This problem is a disgrace island wide.

    • Anonymous says:

      Fighting crime is a little more important than chasing after for sale cars on the side of the road