Published: Wednesday, 3rd October 2018

A car dealer from Strood has been ordered to pay hundreds of pounds after parking a number of cars, which were up for sale, on a public road.

Victor Ndudim, 48, of Broom Hill Road, Strood, pleaded guilty to exposing vehicles for sale on the highway at Medway Magistrates Court on Monday, 24 September.

In May Medway Council were made aware that a number of vehicles, which were parked on Gravesend Road and Broom Hill Road, Strood, were up for sale. A council investigation found that Ndudim was selling the vehicles.

If a person leaves, or causes to leave, two or more vehicles parked within 500 metres of each other on a road or roads where they are exposed or advertised for sale, then they commit an offence in contravention of Section 3 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.

Ndudim was sent a letter in May advising him of the legislation and a second letter was sent in June after 13 of his vehicles were found for sale in Broom Hill Road and another three were found parked in Gravesend Road.

Ndudim did not respond to the letters and was summonsed to court on Monday, 24 September.

Magistrates fined Ndudim £500 and ordered him to pay costs of £248.75 and a victim surcharge of £50, totalling £798.75.

Sarah Valdus, Head of Environment at Medway Council, said: “Car dealers cannot use public roads to store cars to benefit their business. By having in excess of 15 vehicles parked in the area this gentleman was creating parking issues for residents and the vehicles were becoming a detriment to the local area. Residents have the right to enjoy their own homes and to park as close as possible to their own properties and this gentleman was preventing that.”

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