Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, warned today that new figures obtained by Conservatives reveal that the problems of abandoned and burnt out cars are soaring across Hertfordshire.

    Despite Tony Blair?s pledge before the general election to tackle abandoned cars, the number of ?malicious vehicle fires? – a key indicator of the abandoned car problem – has nearly doubled since 1997 across Hertfordshire even worse than the two thirds increase across the rest of the country.

    Peter Lilley said:

    “This is yet another area where Labour have failed to deliver on their promises. It is not just violent crime that is soaring across Hertfordshire, but now our streets are getting dirtier and more dangerous.

    “New figures suggest that the number of burnt out cars littering Hertfordshire?s roads has nearly doubled since 1997. Abandoned cars are hazardous for children and encourage more vandalism and crime in our neighbourhoods.

    “Yet the problem of abandoned cars is going to get even worse. European Union directives signed by Labour are to force the cost of car disposal to soar ? a bill which is going to be met by car owners and council tax-payers. Badly drafted regulations supposed to help the environment will end up accelerating decay. Conservatives believe the whole problem of crime across Hertfordshire must be addressed ? from getting more police officers on the streets to tackling smaller scale, quality of life nuisances.?