Under the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978, Dartford Borough Council have the authority to remove suspected abandoned vehicles on public highway and private land in the borough of Dartford.

Signs that a vehicle has been abandoned include:

  • it's been stationary for a long time - at least 14 days without moving
  • there is a lot of damage to the vehicle - burnt out, broken windows, flat tyres rusty
  • the vehicle is untaxed and has no valid MOT
  • the number plates are missing
  • it contains waste
  • the doors are open or unlocked

You must not report parking problems as abandoned vehicles. If you wish to report a vehicle that may require parking enforcement action, please use our General Report Form

Cars that are simply untaxed (but in use) or causing an obstruction will be dealt with by other agencies. Please refer to the following table and report vehicles to the correct agency.

Problem Report to Contact Details

Checked whether vehicle is taxed

Untaxed vehicle OR

registered as SORN but parked on a public road




0300 790 6802

Vehicle causing obstruction OR

Vehicle in a dangerous condition


For non-urgent telephone calls to the Police, telephone 101. Alternatively, the telephone number for Kent Police Headquarters based in Maidstone is 01622 690690.

Abandoned vehicle OR

Burnt out shell

Dartford Borough Council

Report an Abandoned Vehicle

01322 343290

The Police, not the Council, have the power to immediately remove any vehicle which is left abandoned in breach of local traffic regulation orders, is causing an obstruction or is likely to cause a danger.

Vehicles that are correctly reported to the Council as abandoned are inspected within 24 hours and enquiries made regarding ownership and/or Police interest. If the owner cannot be traced, a notice is fixed to the windscreen and the car is removed after the appropriate warning time has elapsed. This time varies according to where the vehicle is located and its condition.

When reporting a car to any of the above agencies, the following information is required:

  1. Your name and contact number
  2. Location of the vehicle - be as specific as possible, eg outside No. 6
  3. Details of the vehicle - registration number, make, model and colour
  4. Whether or not the vehicle is taxed or SORN'd
  5. Condition of the vehicle and how long at location

Your identity will not be divulged to a third party but we may wish to telephone you to give you a progress report or obtain further information.

In brief we will:

  • Inspect the vehicle to ascertain its condition, whether its location is dangerous, whether it is taxed and so on
  • Check with the DVLA to find out whether it has a registered keeper. If the owner can be found, they will be written to asking them to confirm if they still own the vehicle within 7 days
  • Check with the Police as to whether the vehicle has been stolen or involved in an accident. If it has we are not able to remove it
  • If the vehicle has been genuinely abandoned and if both the DVLA and Police authorise removal, we will then stick a removal notice to the car and remove and either store or crush it when the notice expires. The type of notice, 24hr, 7 day or 15 day, depends on where the vehicle is located and its condition
  • Click here to report an Abandoned Vehicle to us

For further details of how we process your personal information and for details on your additional rights, please refer to our Corporate Privacy Notice and Abandoned Vehicles Reporting Removal Service