Date: 25/09/2008 Category: Community Safety
New figures show that during the last four years Medway Council has seen a 58 per cent drop in the number of abandoned vehicles being reported. In 2003, the council removed 2,618 abandoned vehicles from roads and green spaces. Last year this fell to 1,093, thanks to a combination of tougher enforcement, new rules deterring would-be car dumpers and high scrap metal prices. The council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Enforcement Cllr Rehman Chishti said: “Medway Council is committed to ensuring that everyone can live and work in safer communities. “Residents have told us that abandoned vehicles make them feel unsafe in their own neighbourhood and figures like this highlight the council’s dedication to making people feel safe and secure. “Abandoned vehicles can attract crime and the public rightly expects them to be removed quickly. If anyone sees an abandoned vehicle, they can call the council who will send someone out to deal with it quickly and efficiently. There's no room for complacency though and we'll be doing all we can to make sure that cars aren't dumped on our streets and when they are, they're cleared up as a top priority.” Medway Council’s Environmental Enforcement Team has been working closely with Kent Police in Medway, the Driver and Licensing Agency (DVLA) and the Vehicle and Operator Services Authority (VOSA) during campaigns like Operation Cubit and community clean-up days to ensure vehicles are roadworthy, taxed and licenced. Abandoned and untaxed vehicles are removed from the road and taken to a car pound, where they remain until their owner pays a release fee and taxes their vehicle. Residents can report abandoned cars by calling Customer First on 01634 333333.