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Abandoned vehicles

We have the powers to deal with abandoned vehicles on the public highway or on our land. We may also be able to help landowners, such as housing associations, to remove vehicles from their land, including parking areas.

If you report a vehicle as abandoned, before we take any action we have to carry out some checks with the DVLA and the Police. If we think it may have been abandoned, a notice will be fixed to the vehicle informing the keeper that the vehicle may be removed and possibly destroyed.

If it's in a dangerous condition or position, it can be moved 24 hours after the notice has been fixed. Under normal circumstances it usually takes seven days but sometimes it can be up to 15 days.

Any vehicle parked off road with a current SORN will not be removed by the Council even at the landowner's request.

Abandoned vehicles on the highway may be reported to us on 01732 227000. Please provide the make, model and registration of the vehicle you are making an enquiry about.

Vehicles on private land, including National Trust, Woodland Trust, Moat or West Kent Housing Association parking areas, should be reported to the landowner.

Untaxed vehicles parked on the highway or being driven should be reported to the DVLA.

Check if a vehicle is taxed, declared SORN or report an untaxed vehicle.

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