An abandoned burger van which landed its owner with fines of more than £1,200 has highlighted a growing problem in Amber Valley.
Valentin Pirvan, from Sheffield, was brought before Southern Derbyshire Magistrates charged with abandoning a burger van at Pye Bridge Industrial Estate.
He failed to attend the court hearing but the case was proved in his absence by Amber Valley Borough Council.
He was found guilty and sentenced to a fine of £440 aplus a victim surcharge of £44 and prosecution costs of £723—a total of £1,207.
Borough Councillor David Taylor said: “Not only are abandoned vehicles an eye-sore but they also represent a significant danger.
“They become a magnet for young people, and if set on fire pose a major safety risk. We would ask residents to be on the look-out for abandoned vehicles and report them to us.”
The council has recorded a large increase in the number of abandoned vehicles in the borough over recent months. There have been 92 reported so far this year, compared to 45 in the same period last year.
The decline in the value of scrap is thought to be one of the reasons for this.
The council points out that it will always attempt to prosecute those responsible for abandoning vehicles and look to reclaim the costs of taking cases to court.
Abandoned vehicles can be reported to the council by calling 01773 841335 or via a form at www.ambervalley.gov.uk/environment-and-planning.