Sentenced to crush

Two cars that were illegally advertised for sale on the public highway were ordered to be crushed by Wimbledon Magistrates Court on 15 September 2004, after being seized by Merton Council.

The Peugeot 405 and Vauxhall Cavalier were seized by the council from Streatham Road, Mitcham in July. Wimbledon Magistrates Court approved the application to crush the vehicles after the owners failed to claim them.

Selling vehicles on the public highway is illegal under the London Local Authorities Act of 1990. If the council can identify the owner they are invited to attend a hearing at Merton Civic Centre and in most cases they will receive their car back. However if the owner fails to come forward the council will apply to the court to crush the vehicle.

Legal methods of selling vehicles include:
– Advertising in the local paper
– Advertising in a specialised magazine such as Loot or Auto Trader
– Selling via the Internet – for example on ebay.
Merton Council offers a free car surrender scheme for residents to get rid of any unwanted vehicles, call 020 8545 3189 for information.

Councillor Linda Kirby, Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Quality, said: “Not many people are aware that it is illegal to advertise cars for sale on public highways. As well as being illegal it is also a nuisance and eyesore for residents who have to put up with these vehicles outside their homes for days and weeks on end.

‘There are a number of ways to sell or get rid of cars without breaking the law. So make sure you choose a legal option.’

For further information, or to report a vehicle that is for sale illegally in Merton, call 020 8545 3189