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Seizing a vehicle

You can check online to find out if a vehicle's been seized including the reason for its seizure.

Claiming a vehicle back

To claim a vehicle back, you'll need proof of ownership and identification. This can include:

To claim a vehicle back, you'll need to call the Environmental Response Team at Swale Borough Council on 01795 417850.


Once you've claimed your vehicle, you'll receive an invoice within 28 days which includes charges for storage of the vehicle, charged daily following seizure, as well as a charge for the seizure itself. You'll need to pay this invoice once you've claimed your vehicle.

What you'll receive

When we seize a vehicle, you'll receive a Vehicle Seizure Information Notice which will include details of the vehicle together with the reason it was seized and what you can do to reclaim it.

When we'll seize a vehicle

We'll seize a vehicle if:

Unclaimed vehicles

If a vehicle isn't claimed with 15 working days following seizure, we'll:

Help and advice

For more information and advice, you can contact the Environmental Enforcement team at Swale House or alternatively, you can contact us online.

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