DURING the first half of this year, Palma City Council has cleared the streets of 636 vehicles, 63 of which were abandoned by their owners.
The guilty parties were subjected to fines which ranged from 703 euros for motorcycles and motorbikes, to 1'352 for private cars and vans and as high as 2'438 for lorries and coaches.
The figures were made public yesterday in a report on a voluntary project Don't Abandon Your Car that has been up and running since 2007. The campaign enables people who want to get rid of their vehicles to take them to municipal scrapyards at Son Sant Joan and Son Toells (on the road to s'Indioteria). Once there, owners need to fill in a form giving the City Council consent to dispose of the vehicle free of charge and to let the Traffic department know that it is permanently off the road. Another way of getting rid of a car without contaminating the environment is to go to the City Council and tell them the exact address where the car is stationed. Owners will also need to provide the Council with original authorisation papers for the car to be in circulation and a photocopy of official personal I.D. In this case however, disposal will not be free.
Owners have to pay 50 percent of the costs of decommissioning - 75 euros for lorries and coaches, 62.50 euros for private cars and vans, and 35 euros for motorcycles and motorbikes.