AARDA looking to update abandoned vehicle program

November 30, 2018 — Abandoned vehicles are being left in parking lots and off in the woods more frequently than the Alberta Auto Recycling and Dismantling Association would like.

The abandoned vehicle program is a initiative that has been put in place to help salvage and stop people from leaving their vehicles in parking lots or in the country.

“There are approximately 10,000 vehicles reported to the RCMP a year,” says Sorensen.

It’s been close to 30 years and there hasn’t been any changes made in regards to the costs of how these vehicles are picked up and recycled.

The AARDA is working alongside the justice department and the government to see what they can do to better the program.

The government that administers the program had admitted that the program could be a lot better for the environment.

But the struggle has been trying to figure out how to rework the program without paying as much.

The problem they’re seeing is that these vehicles are being given to people that don’t follow environmental standards and concerns with dismantling the vehicles.

Right now, the association is still in its early stages of handling this issue and Sorensen says it might take a few years to have something in place because it involves a lot of stakeholders.


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