Street sales crackdown

Blackpool Council is cracking down on kerbside car sales.
Blackpool Council is cracking down on kerbside car sales.
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A crackdown on kerbside car sales has seen fines handed out to persistent offenders.

Council chiefs in Blackpool have acted in response to complaints from residents who say they are fed up of streets being blocked up with cars which are up for sale.

Hot spot areas include Cocker Street, Barlow Crescent, East Park Drive, West Park Drive, Talbot Road, Westcliffe Drive in Layton, Park Road, Dickson Road and Highfield Road in South Shore.

The council, which has teamed up with the police and VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) to tackle the problem, says the practice can often cause traffic and parking problems and is illegal without a permit.

An initial one-day sweep saw a number of vehicles slapped with fines and more are set to follow if sellers continue to break the law.

Coun Gillian Campbell, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for public protection, said: “We’re fed up with complaints about on-street car sales.

“People selling vehicles on the street without a permit are breaking the law and, often, cause parking problems and obstruct the highway. Our streets are not a car showroom and people who continue to do it can expect a fine.”

The council believes some professional traders are using this method of selling vehicles while posing as private sellers, thus denying potential purchases some of their rights of redress.

Residents welcomed the crackdown.

Anne Allen, vice-chairman of the Cherry Tree Area Forum, said: “If it’s a one-off and someone is genuinely selling their car, then of course no-one minds.

“But if someone is running a business from the kerbside, then that’s out of order.

“They can cause a problem because traffic slows down to have a look at the car that is for sale.”

Dave Blacker, chairman of the Gateway Area Forum, said: “If someone is selling their own vehicle I think they have a legal right, but if they are using the highway as a commercial sales area that is against the law.

“No-one wants to prosecute a struggling business, but people need to be warned they can’t do that blatantly.”

Sellers are required to obtain a Street Trading permit, and it is also an offence under the Clean Neighbourhood Act 2005 to offer two or more cars for sale which are parked within 500m of each other.