A NEW scheme to get rid of the eyesore of abandoned and dumped cars across Kirklees is seeing big results.
Since the scheme started in April last year, 606 cars have been recovered and crushed.
The scheme is a partnership between Kirklees Council and West Yorkshire Vehicle Recovery Unit.
Anwar Butt, Kirklees environment strategic team enforcement officer, said the council was also taking measures to help people dispose of vehicles which had reached the end of their life.
They could pay a subsidised rate of £25 to have a vehicle removed rather than leave them on the street.
A crackdown on dumped vehicles was launched across Yorkshire in November.
The aim was to clear the streets and reverse the growing trend of cars being illegally abandoned.
The number of vehicles dumped in the region has doubled in three years to nearly 16,000.
Local authorities have been given new powers to remove untaxed and unregistered vehicles from streets and public places and fine offenders.
More than 300,000 vehicles are abandoned nationwide every year.
Removing nuisance cars costs local authorit- ies £26m a year and vehicle arson costs £230m a year to clean up.
Edmund King, executive director of the RAC Foundation said: "Illegally abandoned cars are not only an eyesore, an environmental and social problem, but they are also a potential death trap for children who play in them."