Tuesday, 6 July 2010


A two-day crackdown on untaxed or abandoned cars has removed 10 cars from streets across Thanet.

Operation Cubit, led by Thanet District Council, also draws in officers from Kent Police, Kent County Council, the DVLA and Kent Fire and Rescue Service

Six of the cars were taken from Ramsgate, with three removed from Margate and the final one from Westgate.

It brings the total number of untaxed and abandoned vehicles removed in the past two years to 440. If a vehicle is taken as part of Operation Cubit, owners have to pay £260, plus storage costs, if they want to reclaim their vehicles. £160 of this money is refundable if they tax their vehicles within two weeks.

Follow-up visits will be made if they fail to tax the vehicle or declare that it is off the road. If the vehicle is being driven illegally, then 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 577066.

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