Tuesday, 27 April 2010


The latest blitz on untaxed or abandoned cars has seen another 38 vehicles removed from the streets of Thanet.

The most recent Operation Cubit, which lasted for a week, was led by Thanet District Council, with help from Kent Police, Kent County Council, the DVLA and Kent Fire and Rescue Service.

A total of 10 cars were removed from Cliftonville, while nine were taken away in Ramsgate and seven were removed from Broadstairs. Six vehicles were taken away in Margate and one was found in Westgate.

Over the last two years, Operation Cubit has removed more than 430 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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