Crackdown on abandoned cars saw 26 vehicles crushed in 2014

Mayor Dave Hodgson is leading a crackdown on abandoned cars.
Mayor Dave Hodgson is leading a crackdown on abandoned cars.

A crackdown on abandoned cars saw the number of vehicles crushed and recycled in the Bedford area double during 2014.

It is part of a zero tolerance campaign led by Bedford Borough Mayor Dave Hodgson.

During 2014, a total of 26 vehicles were crushed, compared to 13 during the previous year.

The process is virtually cost neutral and greener than alternative options, as the costs associated with removal are reclaimed through trading the vehicles for scrap metal.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “Removing these vehicles plays an important part in keeping Bedford’s streets clear and safe. Drivers who abandon vehicles unfairly impact local residents. We will continue to fight this practise and put the metal to good use.

“Recycling the metal not only provides environmental benefits, but as the cost of removal is recovered, means no money is unfairly diverted away from providing other Council services.”

If you suspect a vehicle has been abandoned, please visit the Bedford Borough Council website for more information at, or call 01234 718 060. If the vehicle is causing an obstruction of the highway and is a possible safety hazard, please call the police on their non-emergency number 101.