IT promoted much confusion, but a councillor has managed to clear the highways of illegal trading.
Last week the Examiner reported unlicensed cars were allegedly being sold on a main road in Huddersfield.
The vehicles, which were listed as being for sale, had been parked on a stretch of Bradford Road between Richmond Avenue and York Avenue.
The action comes after Birkby taxi driver Manjit Singh raised concerns about the issue. He said that on some occasions there were up to seven cars parked for sale.
But it wasn’t clear who was responsible for resolving the problem.
Step forward Clr Cath Harris who put herself in charge of bringing together all those who could get it sorted.
The council’s enforcement team, Highways, Ashbrow councillors and police found three cars with the same contact number on it, so were able to act.
Clr Harris said: “Action can only be taken when the drivers have committed an offence or gone against the guidance in the Highway Code, which can make it difficult at times to tackle individual cars for sale.
“To date the approach of fixing warning notices to vehicles and calling sellers has been effective in having them removed, although the effect is not permanent.
“It is illegal to sell more than two vehicles from the same site and there are traders who make full use of this.
“If more than two are being sold, action can be taken against them.
“There was a case of this on Bradford Road in the last month and the person concerned has been warned about possible action which could be taken.”
As someone who lives nearby herself, Clr Harris said it’s something which had been brought to her attention before.
And she said it was a safety issue which concerned many residents living nearby, as well as bus drivers who had reported it.
She added: “It has been an issue for many years, not just recently. It is a regular source of annoyance to those who live nearby.
“It tends to be periodic but I have always raised it with Highways and the police when it gets to be more than a few vehicles.
“Most, if not all, the cars for sale are parked half on/half off the road, creating difficulties.
“My main concern is safety, both to those getting on and off buses close by and those walking along who may need to cross.
“Obstructing the footway, especially for those pushing prams or in wheelchairs, is a real bugbear to me – pavements are for people.”
But the team are warning people not to be complacent, adding: “The Ashbrow ward councillors regularly discuss and agree with council officers and our neighbourhood police team what action can be taken by them; at our ward Highways meeting last month it was agreed that further consideration needs to be given as to how this might be stepped up.
“This is being actively pursued and implemented, and will continue to be while safety is an issue.”