Amnesty to clear city of old bangers.
MOTORISTS in Coventry whose cars are ready for the scrapyard can have them picked up free of charge.
Coventry City Council is joining forces with the charity Encams, formerly the Keep Britain Tidy Group, in a drive to rid the streets of abandoned vehicles.
Statistics show that from April 2002 to March 2003, a staggering 5,500 cars were burned out or abandoned in Coventry.
A two-week amnesty was launched today to allow people to dispose of their old bangers for nothing.
Coventry owners who want to take advantage of the scheme need to visit the council's advice centre, in Broadgate, city centre.
Motorists must have documentation to prove they are the legal owners of the vehicle and the city council will then make plans to remove it.
Cllr Kevin Foster, cabinet member for city services, said: "Coventry currently spends about pounds 100,000 annually removing the menace of abandoned cars from our streets.
"This amnesty will allow people to do the right and responsible thing and get rid of their old bangers, legally and free of charge. By running a two-week amnesty we are hoping to reduce the eyesore of abandoned cars long term and to create a better environment for Coventry residents."
The amnesty does not apply to the commercial motor trade.
Anyone who would like further information can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0500 834333 free.