West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has challenged the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency over reports of persistent law breaking with illegal car parking on the highway and causing obstruction and nuisance in Old Skelmersdale.
MP Rosie took the issue up with then Chief Executive Oliver Morley late last year and spoke with him in early March. Mr Morley has since left DVLA, but Rosie is continuing to act on the case with interim Chief Executive Julie Lennard.
Local residents reported to Rosie before Christmas what they believed to be a business operating out of a private residence carrying out vehicle repairs but also a number of illegally parked cars some with no MOT, no tax, no insurance and some with Statutory Off Road Notice (SORN).
Having been repeatedly reported to DVLA with no action taken, residents turned to Rosie Cooper MP for support.
Following Rosie’s intervention, DVLA carried out clamping and enforcement action against three vehicles on 8 and 12 March, but sadly this has not resolved the situation as the vehicles in question remain unmoved.
Alongside DVLA’s lack of action, the Police and the Council appear to be helpless in taking action against this activity which is causing noise, nuisance to neighbours and occasionally blocking residents in.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“I am furious! Residents are coming to me to report some very valid concerns over potential illegal activity and nuisance yet between the DVLA, Police and Council no agency is willing or able to take all the necessary action to resolve the difficulties.
“Residents are reporting being blocked in at times, having restricted access to parking, and having to deal with unsightly vehicle abandonments.
“These agencies have the enforcement powers to take action, charge the vehicles’ owners and remove vehicles where appropriate, but simply aren’t exercising their powers.
“Local residents are paying their taxes as well as council tax which funds these agencies but are being ignored and fobbed off.
“This situation is getting ridiculous and I will be pursuing this matter with the Secretary of State to push for further action to be taken. Letting such activity continue unchallenged sets a bad precedent for others to follow suit across West Lancashire.”