Monday, 19 April 2004
Selling vehicles on the public highway is illegal and anti-social - that is the warning from Thurrock Council's Highways Department.
After seeing a recent increase in the number of vehicles for sale parked on the roads, verges and pavements across the borough, Councillor Yash Gupta, Cabinet Member for Highways, is calling on offenders to stop using Thurrock as a car showroom - or risk being taken to court.
He said: "Motorists and pedestrians have the right to use our borough's roads and pavements safely. These vehicles, which can be parked in one spot for weeks on end, do nothing but cause nuisance.
"It is also unpleasant for our residents who have to put up with other people's vehicles being parked near their properties and constantly have buyers knocking at their doors."
In one week alone there were 40 vehicles for sale in Lodge Lane, Grays. The cars were parked on the grass verges.
"There is no way all of these vehicles belong to residents. This is down to inconsiderate car traders using our roads as a free forecourt." Continued Councillor Gupta.
The council's Highways Department will be working closely with the DVLA to identify vehicles that are untaxed. Investigations will be made into persistent offenders, who may have injunctions taken out on them by the council.
For further information, or to report a vehicle that is for sale illegally in Thurrock, call 01375 413889 or email firstname.lastname@example.org