Monday, 30 November 2009


Another 45 untaxed or abandoned cars have been removed from the Thanet's streets in the latest Operation Cubit.

The week long operation last week (week commencing Monday 23 November), is led by Thanet District Council, with help from Kent Police, Kent County Council, the DVLA and Kent Fire and Rescue service.

During the week, 15 cars were removed in Margate, four were taken away in Westgate, two were seized in Birchington, one was taken away in Broadstairs, 11 came from Cliftonville and the remaining 12 were removed from Ramsgate. In the last 18 months, Operation Cubit has removed a total of almost 400 cars.

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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