Removing an abandoned car

| 27/04/2018

Ask Auntie, CNS Local Life, Caymanian statusA car has been abandoned on our road (number plates, etc, were removed). The police were called but have done nothing. What are the steps to getting this eyesore removed? It is dumped on an empty plot, but I don’t know who that belongs to. I wasn’t expecting to have to spend time to deal with someone else’s litter, but the police seem to have shrugged it off as not their problem.

Auntie’s answer: This continues to be an issue in Cayman; it is not hard to spot derelict cars all over the place. I can only imagine how tourists feel when they come here for the pristine beaches and natural beauty and then find dumped cars along the road.

Other readers have sent in similar questions that I have answered (see Getting rid of abandoned cars). I am more than willing to continue to publicise this problem, though, until we can get it under control.

The answer for you is not with the police. You need to contact the Department of Environmental Health (DEH), which will investigate the complaint and take any necessary action. Call 743-5942 or email the DEH to start the process.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    In the real world, police departments have fleets of tow trucks and busy, revenue positive, impound lots. Unfortunately, the current CI Traffic Law does not give RCIPS the power to remove vehicles, when it should be clearly defined in the Law and Regulations. In Cayman, someone can drive through your garden, and do donuts on your front lawn, and all the RCIPS can do is try to find owner of vehicle and ask them to remove vehicle when they have sobered up. Ask me how I know!

  2. Anonymous says:

    On a lot of land in Bodden Town, down Monument Road, there are about five abandoned vehicles piled up, around 100 yards from a government sign saying don’t litter or leave derelict vehicles because it can result in a fine!! Drive further in and there are two derelict vehicles in a Caymanian policeman’s yard. Keep on going and it becomes too depressing to talk about, culminating in the usual Jamaican abandoned yards including a 40 foot trailer, doing nothing other than an eyesore and waiting for the next Ivan to blow it all around the place probably into other people’s yards.

    • Anonymous says:

      This comment @7:52 could be made of so many off the main road areas in Cayman. It is really sad. Decent, tidy people live in these roads but there always seem to be a few degenerates, local and, yes, sorry, folks, Jamaicans, who could not give a damn about rubbish of any sort, be it it derelict cars, jet skis, boats, containers etc or just garbage tossed from their cars.

  3. High Rock Road is not your Feckin Dumping Ground. says:

    Regardless of the plates being removed, the manufacturer’s numbers are part and parcel of liscensing any car in Cayman and thus those numbers can be used to track down the last owner of the vehicle. As such, a simple search by the liscensing department will easily identify the person responsible for said vehicle and facilitate the action of making them pay dearly for said abandoned vehicle. That there is some reliably asinine excuse which can most predictably be guaranteed to emanate from the relevant authorities in this regard is indicative of where the real problem lays.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The police will make checks to determine if an abandoned vehicle has been reported stolen and if it is blocking a roadway. And if a license or VIN can be determined they can attempt to contact the owner have them arrange to have such vehicle removed. Beyond that it is up to DEH.

  5. Yellowman says:

    this the developing Caribbean ..not USA…where they did the most killing and stealing to brag how great they are ..people here have to survive and the car most likely there for parts because thats all that person has …its always entitled people that was given hand everything from their parents..that moan about everything..go live in Dubai..then.

    • Anonymous says:

      BS. Stop living like trash. Put yout wreck in your own backyard and clean up your front yard.

      • Anonymous says:

        It’s awful in nice neighborhoods to see cars in yards too! Govt should enforce a blight law. My neighbor has 3 wrecks in his yard- unsightly disrespect for neighbors?!

    • Not Jamaican says:

      Quite agree. I should be able to do whatever I like on my own property, including keeping old vehicles for spare parts.
      People should look after their own yards and stop worrying about their neighbours.