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The full registration number of the vehicle I have just reported is R803 MOU.
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NOTE I was unable to complete your standard form as it would not accept my telephone number (0117 9070224) whether or not a space was included. That could be serious for someone wishing to report an incident urgently.

RECOVERY VEHICLE PARKED IN DIAL LANE BRISTOL
I am sending this report to the South Gloucestershire Council and the DVLA in the hope that there may be some grounds for persuading the owner of the vehicle concerned to take it away. The owner’s action may in leaving the vehicle where it is may involve an offence but I do not wish to see him prosecuted.
I reported the matter to the council and to you about two years ago and neither you nor the council were able to take action.
A Mitsubishi Canter 3.5 tonne recovery vehicle, registration number R803 was parked in Dial Lane, Bristol, BS165UH almost continuously from late 2009 until 2012 and has been parked there continuously from then until now. The vehicle owner lives at 52 Downend Road, Bristol, BS16 5UE. There is a photographic record at sites.google.com/site/dlrvsaga/
the numbered images of which are described here:
1 is a Google street view taken in March 2009 showing that the recovery vehicle is not present.
2-8 show the vehicle on 28 July 2009 with tax disc expiry imminent. It was driven away on 2 August 2009 and returned by 3 August 2009 with a new tax disc.
9 shows the vehicle parked illegally on 6 December 2009 in the entrance to Grace Court opposite an old garage.
10-11 taken in show the vehicle parked between the old garage and 1 Dial Lane. It had been in the same position continuously since 2012 and maybe earlier.
12-13 are Google Street views showing the vehicle parked in the same position as in images 10-11.
During this period requests of the owner to move it were made by residents of the four terraced houses which can be seen in image 1 behind the old garage. The requests went unheeded.
14-17 taken on 31 July 2014 and 1 August 2014 show that while the vehicle was still parked in the same position, the tax disc was renewed.
After further repeated requests the owner agreed to the recovery vehicle being moved back so that it was not in front of any of the four terraced houses. This was accomplished using one of a vehicles and tow rope belonging to one of the residents. It was not possible to steer the recovery vehicle so, as it was towed backwards, it moved further away from the kerb.
18 taken on 25 October 2014 shows the growth that was underneath the recovery vehicle before it was moved.
19-21 taken on 7 July 2016 show that the vehicle has been parked in the same position since it was towed backwards in October 2014. New growth can be seen.
The following questions seem relevant:
1 Has the vehicle had any MOT tests since August 2009?
2 Is the vehicle roadworthy?
3 Does it present a hazard, especially to children who may climb on it?
4 The vehicle is over 3500 kg and presumably needs a relevant licence even though it is not being used for its intended purpose. Has its owner got such a license?
5 Is the vehicle insured?
In posing these questions I do not wish to see the owner prosecuted I just wish to see him persuaded that it would be in his own interest as well as that of his neighbours for the vehicle not to be parked on the public highway. Naturally wish to remain anonymous.
Renewal of the tax of the vehicle is probably due at the end of this month.
Yours sincerely
Robert Cutts
7 Dial Lane, Bristol, BS16 5UH
0117 907 0224
14 July 2016

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