North Devon car trader back in court for breaching Community Protection Notice

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Posted on: 9 November 2018

The owner of a Barnstaple car sales business has been ordered to pay £1,360 following the breach of a Community Protection Notice (CPN).

Mr Alex West, of BC Autos South West, Bickington Road, Barnstaple, pleaded not guilty to an offence of using an un-roadworthy vehicle on a road, at a North and East Devon Magistrates Court hearing on Monday 5 November 2018.

The CPN, put in place by North Devon Council in February 2017, required Mr West not to place vehicles that do not have a valid excise licence or test certificate, or are unregistered or un-roadworthy or be in control of such a vehicle on the public highway or private land without the landowner’s permission.

Mr West was charged for breaching the notice by driving a vehicle that did not have a valid licence or MOT in the Castle Inn car park, Landkey between 4 and 17 July 2018.

The court found him guilty and heard that Mr West had previously breached the CPN on two other occasions since February 2017.

Councillor Rodney Cann, Executive Member for the Environment, says: “The council takes offences such as this extremely seriously. I hope this recent prosecution will serve as a reminder to others that failure to comply with the law will not be tolerated. This legislation exists to protect the quality of life of those in the community, and I encourage members of the public to be vigilant and contact us if they have any concerns about businesses operating in this manner.”

Mr West was fined £800 for the offence and was ordered to pay the sum of £480 to cover the council’s costs in full and an £80 victim’s surcharge.

If you are concerned about similar activity in your neighbourhood, please contact customerservices@northdevon.gov.uk or phone 01271 388870 with details of the vehicles and location.

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