Lovely motor, one careful(ish) owner

The owner of a Range Rover Sport TDV8 is seeking an explanation through his lawyers, after an unusual sequence of events has left a number of questions unanswered.

Having allowed a friend to use the 100,000 euro vehicle way back in 2009, the driver was stopped by the police and failed a breath test, resulting in the vehicle becoming impounded pending the investigation and clarification of ownership. This process became somewhat complicated as records of ownership were not up to date, or missing. A battle was ongoing to try to reclaim the vehicle, but without success, the owner even claiming that the fine and impound fees had been sent.

However, the owner then believed that the time frame for claiming the vehicle had passed in early 2011, thus rendering the vehicle declared as scrap, despite there being nothing physically wrong with it; the complexity was caused by an administrative lapse.

However, the former owner of the car, who could be considered the victim as he played no part in the incident that led to the loss of the vehicle, has recently become even more confused when he spotted his vehicle being driven around the municipality of Orihuela.

Perhaps the first instance in these circumstances would be to contact the police, when you see that a vehicle you owned and lost was believed declared for scrap, was being driven on the roads. But the element of surprise was further exaggerated when the former owner who spotted his car realized that it is carrying yellow and red coloured decals, a row of blue lights on the roof and the caption “Policía Local de Orihuela” on the sides.

It would appear that the luxury vehicle had been impounded by the police, remained uncollected and so they decided to use the car for the purposes of patrolling the streets of Orihuela.

However, you might also remember a story we covered in March 2012, when the Mayor of Orihuela, Monserrate Guillen, was being criticised for ignoring his green credentials after he was who is praised by Javier Manzanares, of the PSOE in Torrevieja, for reducing the burden of public money by not having an official car, but, as our report said, “was seen this week using a reasonably new and branded Local Police Land Rover to cover his journeys between the city town hall and that on the coast”.

This is not the first time that local councillors have commandeered vehicles for use by the police. You might remember we also covered a story about Torrevieja council deciding to use a charity funded vehicle for their use, including hiding the original branding and labelling the vehicle in police livery.

In terms of defending the actions of Orihuela town hall though, Monserrate Guillen is reported to have explained that the local police began to make use of the Range Rover in early 2011, once the relevant deadlines passed and that at no time was the vehicle declared as scrap. Besides being the Mayor, the councillor was also responsible for the municipal vehicle fleet, and explained that when a vehicle is not claimed, it becomes the property of the municipal fleet and that several cars are at the disposal of the city after the time for claiming had passed.

It is also believed that the matter will be taken up and settled through the courts, as to clarify both the procedures adopted so far, and the rights of ownership and use of a vehicle left unclaimed.

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