Abandoned vehicles driving rural concerns

The Electoral Area Advisory Committee questions why the RCMP are not ensuring abandoned vehicles are being removed

Unwanted vehicles are being dumped along rural roads and that’s fuelling calls for action.

The Electoral Area Advisory Committee questions why the RCMP are not ensuring abandoned vehicles are being removed, especially when many have registered owners and some are licensed.

“When they are insured, the police just leave it,” said Jackie Pearase, rural Enderby director.

“But how long do we have to wait for it to go?”

There are numerous concerns about the vehicles.

“They are unsightly and people may go into them and hurt themselves,” said Bob Fleming, BX-Swan Lake director.

There is also the possibility that someone may light an abandoned vehicle on fire and the blaze could threaten nearby homes and forest.

They could also block snowplows during the winter.

“There’s one sitting on the side of the road by Kekuli Bay Provincial Park,” said Fleming.

“There seems to be an inability by the police to do anything.”

Pearase has had a few abandoned vehicles in her area, including one along Mabel Lake Road for two months.

“We checked into it and it was abandoned in Kelowna before coming here,” she said.

EAAC directors have asked the safe communities co-ordinator to investigate the process involving abandoned vehicles.

“We want him to follow up on them because they’re not getting any attention,” said Fleming.