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Swansea Council crushes hundreds of untaxed cars

The scheme, launched by the Safer Swansea Partnership, which includes Swansea Council and South Wales Police, has been hailed a great success by both parties.
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The crime-busting initiative was put into action in October 2004 after the Council was handed new powers by the DVLA to remove untaxed vehicles from streets and roads in Swansea.

Carl Humphrey, Head of Highways in Swansea Council said, "Since adopting these new powers, we have been able to work in partnership with the local police to identify and if necessary remove untaxed vehicles from the roadside.

"Many of the untaxed vehicles are also unregistered, uninsured and have no MOT Certificate.

"We also have evidence to suggest that many of these vehicles are also used in conjunction with crime."

In recent operations with South Wales Police, a number of dangerous and unroadworthy vehicles were also seized and destroyed. Several of the vehicles were also known to be used by disqualified drivers.

Some cars that have been retrieved have had high values attached to them including a £13,000 Mercedes. Mr Humphrey said, "This particular vehicle had a substantial number of unpaid fines relating to the car. The owner eventually retrieved it, but it was at a significant cost."

John Hague, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for the Environment said, "It is thought there are around 5,000 unlicensed vehicles in Swansea.

"Since adopting these powers we have been able to act quickly to remove these vehicles and hopefully reduce the ability of criminals to commit crime."

The initiative is also reliant on the support of the public who can report any vehicle they know of that is untaxed. Members of the public can call Swansea Council's Abandoned Vehicles section on (01792) 637250 or by visiting the Council's website at: www.swansea.gov.uk

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