Abandoned car, taxed but no MOT - no one wants to know!

Abandoned car, taxed but no MOT - no one wants to know!

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technodup

6,617 posts

85 months

Friday 19th July 2019
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SkodaIan said:
Often these issues can come up because the owner has some kind of medical issue.

A friend of my dad had a severe stroke a couple of years ago. He lived alone, with no immediate family but many friends. Although it was clear that he was never going to need the car again (a really ropey old Megane that was only good for the scrap yard), there was no way we could legally move or get rid of it. He was in no state to give us permission, and it stood there for about 9 months. Eventually powers of attorney were set up and it was then dealt with, but getting rid of an old car was rather a long way down the priority list compared to getting his finances sorted to pay for a place in a nursing home etc.
I live in a small block of flats with a car park. There's a Focus in the corner which has been there 9 years or so. We understand it belongs to a friend of the old boy next door, but he's not seen him in years. Presumed dead. No keys. And just to complicate things the number plate comes up as a different car on the DVLA sites.

NOBODY wants to know. Private land bla bla. Doesn't really bother me but it winds my Victoria Meldrew neighbour up no end. hehe

My understanding is the solution is to smash it up a bit, then the council get interested, or drag it onto the street and the police will.

thedugmaster

1,111 posts

114 months

Friday 19th July 2019
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This is priority Z for the authorities hence why it's still sat there.

One way to chivvy it up their priority list is if it were (carefully - without damaging it) dragged out so as to cause an obstruction of the carriageway. It will soon get dealt with then once the local plod are 'made aware' of it.

Allegedly.

Pericoloso

42,650 posts

118 months

Sunday 21st July 2019
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MikeLowry said:
Pericoloso said:
Could be MOT exempt and tax is FOC.
What year is this car approximately ?
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Its a 2001 C Class hatchback thing. Looks distinctly unloved.
One of these has appeared 50 yards from my house ,2 flat tyres on the NS.

I checked it's not the same as OP's car as it still has a little MOT left.

Will see how long it stays for.

numtumfutunch

3,556 posts

93 months

Sunday 21st July 2019
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I have experience of this

Bloke round corner bought 'project car'
His missus didnt want it on their drive so he parked/dumped it at the end of our street obscuring a junction
It sat there for months and never moved

Our neighbours thought it an eyesore and raised hell to no effect
It really was an eyesore and obscured the junction but was MOT'd, taxed and insured so there really was no harm done in the eyes of the law

The MOT ran out after about six months
Neighbours reported expired MOt to authorities - not interested

Its tax ran out several weeks later

The tow truck appeared the same day

Cheers

Mr Tidy

11,348 posts

82 months

Monday 22nd July 2019
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numtumfutunch said:
Its tax ran out several weeks later

The tow truck appeared the same day

Cheers
So please supply the link between those 2 events!

Who had to be told it wasn't taxed, and who got it removed?

TIA.

donkmeister

2,458 posts

55 months

Monday 22nd July 2019
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MikeLowry said:
No idea whose it is, the guy whose house it is outside of doesn't drive.
Is it possible it belongs to him?

He may be tired of people parking vans outside his house, or parking too close to his driveway for his visitors to use it etc. So has bought a cheapo placeholder car.

br d

7,545 posts

181 months

Monday 22nd July 2019
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Pull the plates off of it. The Police will be interested in a car on the road with no plates, should get the wheels turning.

NickCQ

2,661 posts

51 months

Monday 22nd July 2019
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donkmeister said:
He may be tired of people parking vans outside his house, or parking too close to his driveway for his visitors to use it etc. So has bought a cheapo placeholder car.
I have never understood this attitude - how is it more offensive to have a van temporarily outside your house than a semi broken-down snotter 24-7?