Ministry of Transport Acts on Removing Abandoned Vehicles

“The Ministry of Transport is taking proactive measures to address the increasing prevalence of abandoned vehicles across the island,” said the Minister of Transport, the Hon. Wayne Furbert, JP, MP.

“The proliferation of abandoned vehicles across the island is an eyesore, a detriment to our environment and the safety of our residents. In addition, abandoned vehicles can become potential breeding grounds for pests, pose fire hazards, and potentially obstruct traffic flow in some areas,” stated Minister Furbert.

Minister Furbert added, “Residents have raised concerns about abandoned vehicles and the Department of Transport Control  has taken decisive action to tackle the issue of abandoned bikes, cars, and public service and commercial vehicles. This effort will require devoted staffing resources over a specific period and include a public appeal to help identify abandoned vehicles.”

“This week, TCD Traffic Officers launched a strategic plan to identify, ticket and remove vehicles left by their owners. Traffic Officers have commenced issuing tickets on abandoned vehicles. These tickets will serve as formal notice to the vehicle owners, notifying them of the impending removal of their abandoned property.

“We acknowledge that the legal requirement for notice is seven days. However, we believe in providing ample time for vehicle owners to rectify the situation. Hence, we will begin collecting abandoned vehicles after the 14th day of ticket issuance. The extension encourages voluntary action by vehicle owners who may wish to reclaim their vehicles.

 “Following the collection of the abandoned vehicles, we will make a public announcement to inform the public about their successful removal from public lands and remind owners that upon a 30-day Gazetted notice, the vehicle can be disposed.

“We need assistance from the public to locate and identify these vehicles. We are encouraging residents to email the location and any details (make, model, colour and registration number) to abandoned or call 292-1271.

“I must emphasise the importance of responsible vehicle ownership and encourage individuals to take responsibility for vehicles they no longer wish to keep. Responsible ownership includes properly disposing of vehicles through the correct channels or donating the vehicle to charitable organisations whenever possible The Ministry of Transport appreciates the public’s support and cooperation in ensuring a cleaner, safer environment for all residents.”

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