lake2A NUMBER of vehicles were left abandoned last night after struggling to make headway through the treacherous conditions experienced across the Island.

Today, Hampshire Constabulary are urging motorists to move any cars that were abandoned if it is now safe to do so.

Isle of Wight police district chief inspector Nick Heelan said: “During adverse weather, police officers take account of the difficulties faced by motorists who have no choice but to abandon their vehicles in places that would normally be regarded as unlawful.

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“We will be sympathetic and lenient in taking a common sense approach to allow motorists time to move their vehicles as soon as it is safe to do so, even if it’s just to a nearby location or just off the main road.

“However, police have a duty to ensure the safety of the public, and prevent any danger or inconvenience to hundreds of other road users when their journeys are obstructed by vehicles left for an unnecessary length of time on major roads across the Island.

“We may also need to remove abandoned vehicles if their location is affecting Isle of Wight Council’s ability to properly treat the roads and make them safe for motorists.

“The Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and The Removal and Disposal of Vehicles Regulations 1986 give powers for the police to move vehicles in circumstances where they are causing an obstruction or danger.

“If your vehicle is abandoned because of the adverse weather, and you think it’s going to cause problems for other motorists, please arrange for the vehicle to be moved as soon as it is safe to do so, and let the police know where it is by calling us on 101.”

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Photograph: Burns Photography

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