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Order in force to control highway car sales

Published on Wednesday, 30th March 2022

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council have introduced a Public Space Protection Order to control highway car sales across the borough.

Vehicles being advertised for sale in prominent positions on major highways across the borough had been a long-term issue. The Borough Council, particularly Council members directly, and Warwickshire County Highways had for some time received ongoing complaints related to such sales.

The advertisements were proving detrimental to the street scene and a distraction to motorists. The activity was also unfair on legitimate car sales businesses within the area.

As such, a statutory public consultation and informal consultation with stakeholders took place and support in favour of the Order was shown from both the public and stakeholders.

The introduction is hoped to bring an improvement to the street scene at the locations where the activity regularly occurred.

The Order legally prohibits the exposure for sale of any vehicle on A or B category roads in the borough, some service roads and junctions with C and D category roads are also included.

The Order only applies to vehicle sales for commercial purposes and not to private domestic sales in the vicinity of a person’s home.

It is a criminal offence not to comply with the order, with a maximum fine on conviction of £1000. A £100 fixed penalty notice may also be issued to offenders.

Philip Richardson, Director for Planning & Regulation at Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council said:

“We have passed this new PSPO to tackle nuisance activity that has blighted many roads across Nuneaton and Bedworth.

The best way to purchase a second-hand car is either through a genuine private sale or a second-hand car garage.”

You can view a copy of the order including map of the roads it covers here.