Man fined for advertising cars

East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Mike Featherby
East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Mike Featherby

A Flamborough man has been found guilty of advertising a number of cars for sale by parking them on the highway at various locations around the county.

Tony Heppenstall, of Southsea Road, Flamborough, failed to attend Beverley Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 23 February 2016 where he was facing three charges of presenting two or more vehicles and advertising them for sale, for business purposes on the public highway, contrary to the Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act 2005.

The court heard how on 22 October 2015 vehicles advertised for sale were seen on the access road to the Tiger Inn in Beeford and on Well Lane in Bridlington. Again on 5 November 2015, vehicles advertised for sale were seen on Well Lane in Bridlington.

The case was proved in his absence and Heppenstall was fined £150 for each of the three offences, ordered to pay costs of £434 and a victim surcharge of £20.

Heppenstall was brought before the courts last year when he pleaded guilty to three similar offences and was fined.

Mike Featherby (pictured), head of streetscene services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “We do have a problem in the East Riding with some motor dealers using public highways to park their vehicles and advertise them for sale.

“We don’t want our roads to become advertising spaces. Cars for sale can cause a distraction to other drivers and a nuisance to local residents.

“People should be aware that if we believe this is a commercial operation, we will prosecute.”

People can report nuisance vehicles and highway obstructions to the council by going to www.eastriding.gov.uk and searching for hazards on the highway.

The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 makes it illegal to two or more motor vehicles parked within 500 metres of each other on a road or roads where they are exposed or advertised for sale. Offenders can be fined substantial amounts and brought before the Magistrates’ Court for sentencing.