What is a ‘cracker vehicle’ and how the DGT removes them


Every year, nearly 80,000 vehicles are abandoned on public roads and parking lots

Certainly in our street or neighborhood we see vehicles that
they are parked too long. Most of them already have flat tyres, damaged bodywork… These are the so-called “squatter vehicles” of the DGT, those cars that are left without anyone on the street, in hospital or airport parking lots and even in private parking lots. notice, take care of them.

They estimate that every year about 50,000 vehicles are abandoned on public roads and about 6,000 in workshops, warehouses and public parking lots. In addition, there may currently be another 20,000 “forgotten” vehicles in Spain in areas such as shopping mall car parks, private residential areas, private garages, neighborhood communities, hotel car parks, airports, hospitals, etc.

To solve this problem, the DGT
published a new instruction for the destruction and decontamination of vehicles left on public roads, in addition to adding assumptions for private land, which had not been considered. Until now, the owners of these private parking lots have had to go to court and undergo waiting and associated procedures to clear the space for others to use.

For example, the new instruction from the DGT gives a new interpretation to Article 106 of the Traffic, Traffic of Motor Vehicles and Road Safety Act, so that the removal of these cracked vehicles no longer has to go to the civil court, but will be able to benefit from the new, more agile administrative procedure regulated by the DGT for the treatment, destruction and decontamination of abandoned vehicles.

After all, the competent administration can order the transfer of abandoned cars
to the CATs for their destruction. In the event that the vehicle is able to continue its use, the administration may change the remaining treatment for allocation to traffic monitoring services. Of course, this will not be done randomly and without notice as the owner of the vehicle will be given a month’s notice to remove it from the area it is in before handing it over to a CAT.

Although there is also another possibility. In the event that the vehicle that has undergone residual treatment as a result of abandonment is still capable of normal use, the competent authority may decide to replace the residual treatment of the abandoned vehicle with its vehicle.
security services award of traffic, prior permission from the provincial main traffic control.

Source: La Verdad


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