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Abandoned Vehicles

How to identify an abandoned vehicle

abandoned carBefore you report an abandoned vehicle please collect as much information as possible.

In 2014 around 96% of abandoned vehicle reports that we received were for vehicles that were not abandoned.

The following points should help you make a judgement:

  • Is the vehicle untaxed - check here
  • Are any of the tyres flat or have any of the wheels been removed? 
  • Is there any evidence (litter or weeds/leaves under the vehicle), indicating that it has not been moved for some time? 
  • Is the windscreen or any of the windows broken? 
  • Is there any mould on either the inside or outside the vehicle? 
  • Does the vehicle contain items of waste e.g. tyres, old newspapers, general rubbish? 
  • Does the vehicle have number plates? 
  • Has the vehicle been vandalised? Exterior vandalism might include dents in bodywork, or bumpers or spoilers being removed. Interior vandalism might include the radio being stolen, seat covers being slashed. 
  • Has a vehicle that you or your neighbours have never seen before suddenly appeared in your road and no-one is claiming ownership?

Do not enter the abandoned vehicle. They are a health and safety risk, can be classed as, or contain hazardous waste and can often pose a fire risk. On some occasions, abandoned vehicles have been used for crime related activities, in which case the police may wish to seize the vehicle for investigation purpose.

Untaxed vehicles

Please do not report a vehicle to us as abandoned just because it is untaxed. 

Free disposal of cars and other vehicles

You can get rid of your vehicle for free if you don't want it anymore. 

Nuisance vehicles

Vehicles obstructing the public highway or that are a hazard to road users should be reported to the police either on the website or by telephone on 01622 690 690.

How we deal with Abandoned Vehicles

When a vehicle has been reported as abandoned the council ensures that it is actually abandoned and arrangements to remove and dispose of the vehicle cannot be made until this is clearly established. To fulfil this requirement the council carries out the following steps and procedures:

  • Checks are made through the DVLA, the vehicle is visited and assessed using the criteria above.
  • If the vehicle is possibly abandoned, depending on the location and condition either a 24 hour, 7 day or 15 day notice will be placed on the vehicle.
  • After the notice period has expired, if the vehicle has not been claimed or moved, the vehicle is removed and becomes the jurisdiction of the Kent County Council who decide which further action should be taken.


Report an Abandoned Vehicle » 


Further Information


Tel: 01304 872428

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