Omar Badran lived a nightmare that lasted nearly a year when an unknown driver’s car closed in his garage in Stoke, United kingdom.
A stranger was allowed to park the car at the site in December 2021, but he didn’t imagine the man would not show up again to clear the place.
What was supposed to be an act of kindness turned into a months-long ordeal as the Stoke resident had to struggle to tow the car off his property.
According to Badran, the owner of the car refused even to remove the car from the temporary location before it disappeared.
“I have agreed [que o veículo desconhecido ficasse na garagem] “Provided that I can use my car again,” Badran said.
The owner of the vacant place is still experimenting with legal ways to solve the situation, but was surprised to find that removing the property from a third party is more complicated than he had imagined.
“I was shocked by my initial research, it’s a legal gray area and you may not be able to convince the council, the police or the DVLA (the government’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) to do anything about it,” he explained. “I called all these places and they said they couldn’t do anything.”
He finally found a solution when he discovered that a misdemeanor occurs when one person sins against another. Liability law allows individuals to claim damages against the person who wronged them.
“It took me several weeks and I was so nervous, I thought I was going to get stuck in a very bad situation that would spend thousands of pounds in civil court.”
Badran then put a sign on the windshield of the car in his garage saying that under the Crimes Act, the car would be canceled within a week if the owner did not receive it.
After eight months of legal wrangling, the Stroke resident removed the unknown driver’s car from his garage. Since the owner had no complaints, the motor was sent to a junkyard.
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