Friday, 9 October 2009


Another 76 abandoned or untaxed cars have been removed from the streets of Thanet in two recent Operation Cubits.

The first week long operation, led by Thanet District Council, with help from Kent Police, Kent County Council, the DVLA and Kent Fire and Rescue service, took place in July and saw 45 cars taken away. The latest week long operation in late September, added another 31 cars to that total.

In the last 18 months, nearly 350 cars have been removed, thanks to Cubit.

Owners can pay £260, plus storage costs, to reclaim their vehicles and, of this money, £160 is refundable if they tax their vehicles within two weeks.

If they fail to either tax the vehicles or declare that they are off the road, then a follow-up visit is made to see if the vehicle is still being driven illegally and, if it is, it will be removed. If owners do not claim and pay for their vehicles, then they will either be crushed or sold.

Abandoned vehicles can be reported by calling 01843 577888.

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