Date: 22/07/2008 Category: Community Safety
Untaxed vehicles have been taken off the streets in a joint operation between Medway Council and its partners to make Medway safer. On Saturday, 12 July, officers from Medway Council’s Environmental Enforcement Team, Kent Police in Medway and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) checked vehicles across Medway to ensure they had valid car tax. Vehicles were also removed from private land owned by housing associations mhs homes and Moat Housing. In total, officers removed 55 untaxed vehicles from Medway’s streets, which were taken to a car pound where they will stay until their owners pay a release fee and tax their vehicle. Medway Council's Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Enforcement Cllr Rehman Chisti said: "I welcome the strong partnership work carried out by council officers and our colleagues in Kent Police and the DVLA. Initiatives such as this ensure than our roads remain safe.” Charles Brangwin, Head of Housing at mhs homes said: ” We are very pleased to be an active member of the partnership on this initiative which makes a difference to the lives of people who live in our neighbourhoods.” The council’s enforcement team also issued five Fixed Penalty Notices to motorists who failed to produce the correct documentation for transporting trade waste in a similar operation last week. Chief Inspector Des Keers from Kent Police in Medway said: “This action is about making the roads in Medway safer. Often cars that are untaxed are uninsured and in some cases not roadworthy. By taking these vehicles off the streets we are making a positive difference in the community. ”Some untaxed cars are left abandoned and they often attract the attention vandals or arsonists. This can give the impression that an area is a `no-go' zone and make people fearful. ”We are keen to make sure we remove as many untaxed cars as possible so that Medway residents can enjoy a better quality of life and clean safe streets.” The enforcement day was part of a national initiative to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.