Under the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978, Dartford Borough Council (on behalf of Kent County 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

If a vehicle is untaxed or SORN and parked on a public highway, you must report this to the DVLA.

If a vehicle is causing an obstruction or parked in a dangerous position, than you must report this to the Police via 101

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

Our investigations can take up to 12 weeks to establish whether the vehicle is abandoned and arrange removal. Please note, that if the vehicle is claimed by an owner during our investigations, we are unable to remove the vehicle, regardless of its condition.

View the progress report of suspected abandoned vehicles.

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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