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Abandoned Vehicles

Reporting a Vehicle

If you wish to report an abandoned vehicle, within Faversham, Sittingbourne, Isle of Sheppey or the surrounding villages you can do so by contacting our Customer Services Team. Please have all details of the vehicle to hand before making the report.

In order to discourage the illegal dumping of vehicles throughout the Borough, Kent County Council offer a free collection and disposal service which can be found on their Vehicle Surrender Scheme page.

Overview

Local Authorities have a statutory duty to remove vehicles believed to be abandoned in the open air as covered by the Refuse Disposal (Amenity Act) 1978. This includes any vehicle which can be seen from the public highway.

Definition

By definition of an abandoned vehicle we mean any vehicle that has not moved in a substantial time and is causing a potential eyesore. An untaxed vehicle is NOT ALWAYS an abandoned vehicle. If you wish to report an untaxed vehicle you must contact the DVLA on 08000 325202 or view the Direct.gov website for details of how to report a vehicle and report it online.

Steps we take

We are required to undertake a number of steps before a vehicle is actually removed. When a vehicle has been reported as abandoned (either by using these web pages or by letter/telephone), the Council is legally bound to ensure that every effort is made to contact the legal owner of the vehicle. This is to ensure 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 carry out the following steps and procedures:

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