If you see a vehicle you think may be abandoned, please
report it to your local council. It is a
criminal offence to
abandon a vehicle.
What is an abandoned vehicle?
There is no legal definition of abandonment. Local councils use
their discretion to decide if a vehicle is abandoned.
- A vehicle does not have to be on the road or council land to be
abandoned and it may be taxed or have a Statutory Off Road
- Vehicles broken down or causing an obstruction can also be
removed by the police.
If the local council decides a vehicle is abandoned
they have a statutory duty to remove it.
They aren't legally obliged to affix a notice to the
vehicle as this has lead to anti-social behaviour in the
What we do with abandoned vehicles
Once the local council authorises a
vehicle's removal it comes into our custody. We then
inform the police and try to trace the registered
keeper using the DVLA records.
We give the registered keeper 7 days' notice to claim
the vehicle and pay the statutory removal fees before they
authorise its disposal.
We can only release vehicles with proof of ownership.
We can destroy a vehicle without notice if it's in a
really bad condition (for example, if it is a safety
hazard or burnt out).
You can find out statutory removal fees in the removal,
storage and disposal of vehicles (prescribed sums and charges)
regulations 2008. Costs depend on the size, location and
condition of the vehicle at the time of removal.
If you wish Kent County Council to dispose of an abandoned
vehicle on your behalf
Once a vehicle's in our possession we can dispose of it with
written permission from the registered keeper. The registered
keeper has to pay
removal fees for us to dispose of their vehicle or if they
want to take personal items from it. They can't take any item that
forms part of the actual vehicle.
Where we dispose of vehicles
Vehicles authorised for disposal are taken to a
authorised treatment facilities according to the End of
Life Vehicle Directive.
We notify the DVLA and police of all disposals.
Vehicle surrender scheme
If you own a vehicle you want to dispose of, we can do this for
you free of charge. Read more about the vehicle surrender scheme.
Kent Cubit Operations ceased in March 2013.
The scheme was extremely successful and dealt with
over 10,000 untaxed vehicles in Kent and Medway, ultimately
preventing them from becoming abandoned.I
f you see an untaxed vehicle please report it to DVLA.