Car owners who abandon their vehicles are being warned – scrap it for free or face a fixed penalty fine.

After a large rise in the number of abandoned cars on city streets, Sheffield City Council will introduce fixed penalties for the offence of abandonment.

From August 29, the council will also seek to recover costs from the owner, for removal, storage and disposal of any vehicle, making them directly responsible for the case. Currently the council picks up all the costs.

The number of complaints the council has received about abandoned vehicles on Sheffield’s roads has more than tripled since 2010.

This is mainly due to a lower price of scrap metal which has led some motorists to dump their cars rather than drive to a recycling facility.

In the last year, more than 600 abandoned vehicles have been reported to the Council with more than 50 being removed due to their poor condition.

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In 2010 just over 200 reports were received with only four cars being removed.

Residents are able to dispose of their vehicle, normally free, through an authorised treatment facility (ATF). Further details can be found at  https://www.gov.uk/find-vehicle-scrapyard

There are also plenty of charity schemes that allow people to turn an old vehicle into the maximum donation to a cause of their choice.

Cllr Bryan Lodge, Cabinet Member for Environment at Sheffield City Council, said: “We are prepared to take tough measures to rid the streets of eyesore vehicles.

“There is no justifiable reason for abandoning a car and we will take action to reduce the number of dumped vehicles on our city streets.”

Motorists will face a £200 fine plus a minimum of £150 for the removal, storage and destruction of their vehicle under new measures.