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Dealer fined for roadside car sales

A used car dealer, who parked the vehicles he was selling on the public highway, has been fined and directed to pay costs totalling more than £2,000 at Wirral Magistrates Court. 

James Nolan pleaded guilty to charges brought against him by enforcement officers from Wirral Council. By offering multiple vehicles for sale from the public highway, Mr Nolan and his business were breaking the law. 

The council had investigated Nolan over a period of 18 months in order to gather the evidence needed to secure a prosecution. He, as well as through his company James Nolan North West Ltd, sold vehicles from the service road adjacent to Frankby Road, Greasby. 

At court on June 13th, Mr Nolan was fined £500, ordered to pay costs of £500 to the council and there was a victim surcharge of £50. The court also fined his company, of which he is the sole Director , £500 and again awarded the council £500 in costs and added a victim surcharge of £50. In total Mr Nolan, and his trading company, incurred penalties totalling £2,100. 

The offences Nolan was charged with are part of the Clean Neighbourhoods & Environment Act 2005, Part 2 Section 3. This legislation does not affect private individuals who legitimately advertise their cars for sale on the roadside. 

Cllr Matthew Patrick, Cabinet member for Environment, said: “This is a great piece of enforcement work in response to complaints lodged by local residents and elected representatives for that area. 

“Because of some of the efforts these traders go to in order to make it appear as though there are multiple sellers, these cases are notoriously difficult to bring to court. It is through good investigative work and determination that the council has achieved a successful prosecution in this case. I hope it acts as a deterrent to other people who are tempted to trade in the same way.”