Vehicle impounded after persistent offendingPublished Wednesday, 20th March 2019
A rogue motorist has had a vehicle seized and impounded by Rotherham Council after persistently offending, racking up 12 unpaid parking fines.
On Thursday 14 March council parking enforcement officers clamped the vehicle on Domine Lane, Rotherham and arranged for it to be towed away as a “persistent evader”.
The driver then used a power tool in attempt to remove the clamp but was arrested by Police on suspicion of criminal damage to the clamp and the vehicle was impounded.
Rotherham Council announced plans to tackle the problem of persistent evaders, along with those who park dangerously or cause obstructions, in September 2016.
Since then 44 vehicles have been seized by the authority and £4,450 in unpaid penalty charges has been recovered.
Cllr Denise Lelliott, Rotherham Council's Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, said: "Unfortunately a small number of motorists are responsible for a number of offences, which can cause safety issues for other highway users. Some of these people think they are untouchable but the Council will catch up with them.
“We’re determined to crack down on these types of persistent offending – and I’m pleased to say that over the last two years or so we've noticed a reduction in problems with vehicles being parked dangerously or in contravention day after day.”
Once Rotherham Council takes action against a persistent evader, the vehicle can be impounded.
To recover their vehicle, the keeper must produce photo ID and proof of ownership of the vehicle, along with proof of address.
The release fee of £105 plus the penalty charge notice issued on the day of impounding must be paid before the vehicle is released. The keeper will be required to pay any further outstanding debt.