In total, it’s estimated that there are around 20,000 abandoned cars in public and private premises that are a source of infection and danger for everyone.
Until now, removing an abandoned car from a private garage was virtually an impossible task. To facilitate their removal, the Directorate-General for Traffic (DGT) is introducing a new procedure to put an end to abandoned cars and avoid the damage they can cause. We’ll explain what this involves. Keep on reading!
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It can be kept for a minimum of two months in communities of owners
If there’s an abandoned car in your community, you should know that it can only remain there for a maximum of two months. From this point on, the car can be considered abandoned and the process of removing the vehicle from the garage can begin.
How? It’s very simple
With this new change, it’s no longer necessary to resort to civil proceedings. All you need to do is submit a request and the necessary documentation to the DGT.
To avoid misuse, they will require concrete evidence and documentation such as
- A notarial document: Stating the location of the abandoned car and the circumstances in question.
- Photographs of the abandoned vehicle.
- A certificate from the administrator or minutes of the owners’ meeting showing that the issue of the specific vehicle has been dealt with in order to be able to prove the time of abandonment, which must be at least two months in the past.
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One month from the date of the request
Once the DGT receives the request, it will contact the vehicle owner to ask them to remove the vehicle. If they don’t do so within one month, it will be removed.
Scrapping or for surveillance purposes
Whether it’s removed from a public car park or from a private site, the DGT can either arrange for its destruction at an authorised centre (scrapping) or, if it’s roadworthy, it may be used for traffic monitoring purposes, subject to authorisation from the DGT.
These are all the steps you need to take if you want to remove an abandoned car from your community’s private garage.
Disturbances that the community of owners have to put up with due to the uncivil behaviour of an owner or a stranger who has broken into the urbanisation. If you have a similar situation in your community, contact your property administrator.