COURT: Woman slapped with £2,000 fined failing to remove abandoned vehicle in Gainsborough


A motorist has been slapped with a £2,000 fine after abandoning her vehicle in Gainsborough.

West Lindsey District Council took enforcement action against Kaya Elliott, 26, of Foxdenton Drive, Stretford, after she failed to remove her vehicle. It had been left on Garfield Street, Gainsborough in April 2015.

Boston Magistrates’ Court heard the evidence in Elliott’s absence on Monday. Elliott had told the council that she had sold the car in March 2015. However, she could not prove who she had sold it to and the registered keeper details held with DVLA had not been changed.

As a result, the council made arrangements to recover and store the car before it was destroyed in August.

Coun Owen Bierley, chairman of the Prosperous Communities Committee, said: “This example shows that we will take robust enforcement action against anyone who acts in such an irresponsible manner. This motorist received the maximum fine and it should serve as a warning to people to dispose of cars appropriately.”

Lesley Beevers, regulatory team manager at the council said: “I would encourage members of the public to come forward and report any abandoned vehicles to us. Abandoned vehicles have a negative effect on the quality of the local environment. They attract unwelcome attention, vandalism and pose a risk of explosion and in some cases may have been used for crime.”

Elliott was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £715.30 plus a victim surcharge of £100, £150 court costs. In total the payment stood at £1,965.30.