A court has ordered two men to pay a total of more than £2,100 after cars were left abandoned in areas of Stafford Borough.
A silver Vauxhall Insignia with a flat tyre was believed not to have moved for around nine months. And an uninsured Fiat Bravo was left unlocked for a month on the road in the village of Barlaston.
Cannock Magistrates Court heard that the registered owners of the vehicles did not live in the borough - with one from Wales and the other from Stoke-on-Trent.
George McGleave of Newtown, Wales and Niko Lovatt of Mollison Road, Stoke-on-Trent were each fined £660, ordered to pay £360 costs and a victim surcharge of £66 when they were found guilty of abandoning the vehicles.
Neither defendant appeared at the hearing last week (Tuesday 2 August).
The Insignia registered to McGleave was reported as being abandoned in Virginia Avenue, Stafford in February - although the court was told it was believed the uninsured vehicle had not moved from that location since the previous summer.
The Fiat Bravo was dumped in Longton Road, Barlaston and was not insured. Magistrates heard it had been “SORNED” - which means it has been reported to the authorities as having been taken off the road.
Stafford Borough Council wrote to both defendants to tell them the vehicles would be removed if they did not get in touch with the local authority - then issued them with a £200 fixed penalty notice. Neither paid the penalty nor contacted the council.
After the case, Councillor Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Environment at the borough council said: “I hope this sends a message to others that you must dispose of your unwanted vehicle properly or expect to face a fine or prosecution through the courts.
“This irresponsible behaviour not only causes a blight on the area but it can also quickly become a magnet for anti-social behaviour and is bad for the environment.”
To find out more information on reporting an abandoned vehicle go to www.staffordbc.gov.uk/abandoned-vehicles or contact 01785 619401
Press Release No 5935