Published: 12:00, 03 April 2014 |
At the end of last year, councillors agreed to undertake a high-profile campaign to clamp down on cars being sold in Rochester Road, Gravesend.
Two fixed penalty notices were given to Oluwole Olatunde of St Marks Road, Northfleet, on March 3 for displaying two vehicles for sale on the highway outside the Harvester in Rochester Road.
Olatunde acknowledged that he was in breach of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 by displaying two vehicles on January 10 and paid the fine.
But the tough new stance is failing to deter the car sellers who use the road as an ad-hoc showroom.
This week there were at least eight cars for sale along Rochester Road, some of which have had letters slapped on the windscreen from residents complaining they cannot park close to their homes.
Because the vehicles all have valid tax discs, they cannot be towed away by the authorities.
Police say insurance details can only be ascertained when the owner of the vehicle is present.
The council is working with Kent Highways and Trading Standards to develop a campaign to further target roadside car sales in the borough.
A council spokesman said “When motor vehicle traders place a number of cars for sale, for an extended period, on the street it can cause a significant nuisance to locals, often meaning that they cannot park their own vehicles near to their homes.
“We hope that by taking action others will be dissuaded from using the side of the road as a car showroom.”
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Neil Miller, Hever Castle head gardener is new gardening blogger.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.