A SCHEME to rid the district of rusting and burned-out vehicles has been hailed a success and looks set to continue.
Since the trial scheme began, 325 illegally-abandoned cars and other vehicles have been removed and scrapped in a joint venture between Kirklees Council and the police.
It costs just £25 for the council to take away an ordinary car which has failed its MOT.
Yet lots of motorists choose to simply dump them in lay-bys, on waste ground or - even worse - in beauty spots.
The scheme was launched in April to help speed up the removal process.
Under it, people ring in and report abandoned vehicles to the council.
The council passes the report to the police, who then search their computer to discover whether the vehicle appears to have been abandoned or not.
If it is thought to have been dumped illegally, the police vehicle removal contractor disposes of it within four days.
The project has speeded up the old removal process, which could take weeks.
Previously, the council had to undergo a lengthy process of putting stickers on vehicles which were suspected of being abandoned before they could be towed away and scrapped.
Mr Mike Proud, strategic waste manager, said: "We have had no complaints from the public asking why cars have not been removed - which is a good thing.
"We have been pleased with the scheme and want to keep it going."
To report a suspected abandoned car ring 01484 414700.