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Vehicle surrender scheme

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Medway Council has introduced this scheme to help owners of unwanted vehicles dispose of them legally, free of charge and in a way that is environmentally friendly.

Vehicle owners living in Medway are now able to contact the council to arrange for it to collect, transport and process unwanted vehicles legally.

The scheme is open to owners of cars, vans, motorbikes, ride-on lawn mowers and trucks up to 7.5 tonnes. Trailers, caravans and vehicles containing rubbish will not be collected.

Once the council receives notification that someone has a vehicle to surrender, its contractor, S&P Motors, will contact them within 48 hours.

The vehicle owner will need to:

  • provide identification, with either a passport, utility bill or photo driving licence
  • make the logbook (V5 document) available at the time of collection
  • make sure the keys to the vehicle are available on collection.

On collection, the vehicle’s details will be checked and the transfer section of the logbook will be completed. The owner will then receive an official disposal of vehicle document.

Next, the contractor will notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) that the vehicle has been surrendered and destroyed and a Certificate of Destruction will then be issued to the owner by the DVLA.

New laws mean that all vehicle owners have to ensure their vehicles are continuously registered or if the vehicles are not used on the highway, they are registered with a statutory off-road notice and kept off the road. Failure to do so can result in a £1,000 fine.

People who surrender a vehicle using the scheme will have no further responsibility for it from the time the vehicle is collected.

The scheme is good for the environment too, as it will make sure all hazardous fluids and materials are removed from the vehicle and that as much recycling as possible takes place.

If you live in Medway and have an unwanted vehicle you wish to surrender, can provide the necessary documents and have checked it does not contain rubbish, please call 01634 333333.