Nissan Frontier truck 'dumped' in Reading narrow crowded road could be there until next summer

A “dumped” pick-up truck parked in a crowded narrow Reading residential street may have to stay there until next summer. Resident Brian Webb, 64, has tried on numerous occasions to get the Nissan Frontier removed from Shaftesbury Road in West Reading. He says the car was left there at least two months ago and has been taking up “one-and-a-half” parking spaces and no one has been to the car since it arrived in the road.

It now has a completely flat tyre. He contacted Reading Borough Council and Thames Valley Police, but was told because the vehicle is taxed it is classed as being parked in the road, rather than dumped, and so cannot be removed. But there could be some bad news for people in the street, as the DVLA website confirms the truck is taxed until July 2021.

However, its MOT expired at the end of the same month. Mr Webb said he could not understand why “dumped” vehicles could not be treated as fly-tipping. He said: “If this was a pile of mattresses or discarded household or building waste, then the council would take action to see if the rubbish contained any evidence as to who might be responsible.

“However, this being a road vehicle, as long as it still has current road tax, it can stay parked until the time the tax runs out. “Why can’t the council or the police issue a notice to the owner to have the vehicle taken off the road for repair or to be scrapped? “This way of dumping cars and vans, relying on public services to do the job of clearing them away, is why I call it ‘legal fly-tipping’ and should be prohibited and the owners made to pay.

“This selfishness also has a knock-on effect in that such a large truck is taking up something like one-and-a-half to two car parking spaces for legitimate house owners and tenants to park somewhere near their homes.” Find out how you can get the latest news from BerkshireLive delivered straight to your inbox He added there have been problems with vehicles being set fire to in the road before, and fears the car could attract vandals.

He also said the car is blocking a hydrant used by Royal Berkshire Rescue Service which could cause problems.

Can the council remove the vehicle?

The ‘large truck’ now has a flat tyre

The council will not have the power to remove the vehicle until the tax expires. First, the registered owner will be invited to come to collect the car and dispose of it. If not, the council will remove it and keep it in storage for two weeks.

After that, it will be disposed of. The owner would have to pay a fee of GBP108 and GBP12 a day storage costs if they want it back. Abandoning a vehicle is a criminal offence, which can lead to a fine of up to GBP2,500, or a GBP200 fine as an alternative to prosecution.

A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police said it was not down to the force to deal with abandoned vehicles.

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