Date: 10/10/2008 Category: Community Safety
Untaxed vehicles have been taken off the streets in a week-long joint operation between Medway Council and its partners to make Medway safer. From Monday, 29 September to Friday, 4 October, 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. In total, officers removed 49 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.” 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.'