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Action taken in Swansea to remove abandoned vehicles

More than 90 abandoned and untaxed vehicles have been removed from Swansea's streets since August 2016.

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Swansea Council is continuing to work with local police and the DVLA to identify cars in the city that owners have failed to tax or have simply abandoned at the roadside.

The Council says many of the cars are also unregistered, not insured and are often used for criminal activities.

Recent activity by Swansea Council has included the removal of a Powys-based taxi which had been abandoned on a street in the Uplands area of the city. 

During the removal, council officers were supported by local PCSOs.

Inspector Tony Meyrick, of South Wales Police, said: "We welcome these type of initiatives because they specifically target individuals who are often involved in criminal activity. If you don't insure or license your vehicle it is a criminal offence - and we hope that this multi-agency approach will send out a clear message to people who think that we do not take this seriously."

Since 2004, when the Council took on the powers to remove untaxed and abandoned vehicles, more than 15,000 vehicles have been seized and the majority then crushed.

Cllr David Hopkins, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Transportation, said: "We're continuing our work with other agencies to ensure these vehicles are removed from the streets of Swansea.

"Abandoned vehicles can cause a problem for people in communities throughout the city.

"The majority are simply left at the roadside and can become a safety concern if they are in poor condition.

"If residents believe a car has been abandoned in their street, they can contact us and we will carry out the necessary action to remove it."

The DVLA also has a hand in the removal of untaxed cars and works alongside the Council to tackle the problem.

Bethan Beasley, DVLA's National Wheel-clamping Manager, said: "We know that the vast majority of people tax their cars on time, but it is right that action is taken against those who don't tax their cars and then drive them - otherwise it wouldn't be fair to those who do the right thing.  

"We welcome the action taken by Swansea Council, which will help ensure that the right vehicles remain on the road. DVLA also continues to send reminders to motorists to let them know when their tax is due."

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