Salesman fined for clogging up road with cars

A local businessman’s profits have taken a hit after being fined for selling cars on the street.

Mark Taylor who trades as M T Motors, Scott Green in Gildersome, has been ordered to pay up £500 for leaving cars parked and advertised for sale on the road.

Leeds Magistrates also told Taylor to pay costs of £714.56 and a £15 victim surcharge earlier this month.

Local residents began complaining in May 2012 about numerous vehicles Taylor was leaving for sale by the side of the road. The cars frequently clogged up streets in Gildersome, making it difficult for traffic to negotiate its way round.

Taylor was traced and warned on several occasions to remove the cars. Having ignored these warnings and with complaints continuing to come in, he was issued with a fixed penalty notice under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 in June 2012.

Taylor failed to pay the £100 penalty and despite the threat of prosecution, he continued to abuse the highway by leaving cars for sale on the road. The council took the decision to start legal proceedings in a bid to halt Taylor’s unacceptable sales methods.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:

“This type of activity is classed as nuisance parking as it can interfere with the general public trying to get from A to B.

“A busy street might seem like the ideal place to attract potential buyers but it’s clearly not appropriate to obstruct or clutter communities with cars in the pursuit of profit.

“We have no issue with firms, large or small, conducting their business legitimately but we won’t tolerate our streets being used as unofficial forecourts.”

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Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577

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