THE Local Police of Palma de Mallorca, Spain have revealed that since January 10, 69 vehicles have been removed from public roads which were considered ‘dangerous’ or abandoned’ thanks to the launch of an ‘innovative initiative.’
The Director of Public Safety, Joana Maria Adrover, alongside the Head of the Local Police, José Luis Carque, explained at a press conference that they have been “working on improving the management of abandoned vehicles in the city” and to ensure that those who dump their cars were made accountable for their actions.
Carque states that thy City Council and police have found a quick solution for the removal of vehicles which are considered as ‘hazardous urban waste’ due to many being left in poor condition on public roads in districts such as Es Rafal, Can Valero and Son Oms.
Adrover explained that once an abandoned vehicle has been found, a police officer will be deployed to the scene and will assess whether it falls under ‘hazardous urban waste.’ After one week, the vehicle will be destroyed and the City Council will process a penalty to the legal owner to cover the costs of the removal in addition to the fines that the vehicle may have accumulated since being left on the road.
The current penalty is €2,400 for abandoned trucks, €1,400 for cars and vans, and €700 for motorcycles and mopeds, however Adrover warns that these rates will be increased later this year.