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New Rules to Stop Car Junking

Date Posted: 2000-10-27

Okinawa Prefecture is planning to enact an ordinance enabling prefecture officials easier to collect the cost of removing discarded cars littering the fields and roadsides around the prefecture. The ordinance is planned to combat an increasing problem of abandoned junk cars.

Officials put the number of such junked cars to over 10,000. Currently, it is next to impossible to trace down their owners. The new rules would require car owners to register their vehicle at a local municipal office when they purchase it. They would also have to leave a deposit that would cover the cost of removing and junking the car, if the owner abandons it.

When junking the car, the owner would get the deposit back upon presenting a certificate issued by a certified junkyard as a proof that the car has been deposed of properly. The deposit would also be returned, if the owner sold the car to another person, in which case the new owner would have to post the deposit before being able to transfer the title. If the owner relocated, he would be able to transfer the deposit.

A similar ordinance is in effect in Tokyo and some other localities in mainland Japan where officials say that the problem with abandoned cars has since virtually disappeared.

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