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Abandoned Vehicles

If you have noticed a vehicle that you think is abandoned, you can report it to us. If we determine that the vehicle is abandoned, we get it removed if necessary.

What is an abandoned vehicle?

  • An abandoned vehicle is a vehicle which appears to have no owner. It is not simply a vehicle which is either untaxed or dangerously parked on the public highway
  • Usually it is a car, but it can be any vehicle no longer wanted by the owner or keeper, and which has been left in a public area.

How to report an abandoned vehicle

You can tell us about an abandoned vehicle using our Tell Us Online page. You can also contact us by phone or email.

Information we need about the vehicle

If possible, provide the following information:

  • Location of vehicle
  • Make and model
  • Colour
  • Registration number
  • How long has it been there
  • Any other information that may be relevant.

What happens when you report an abandoned vehicle?

  • We inspect the vehicle and contact the registered keeper. If we don't hear from them and we agree the vehicle is abandoned, we apply a statutory notice, giving the owner an opportunity to remove it
  • When notice expires, if the vehicle is still in the same position, it will be removed. If the owner claims the vehicle it will be their responsibility to remove it.

We can't usually deal with

  • Untaxed vehicles - untaxed vehicles which are not abandoned are a matter for the DVLA. Untaxed vehicles can be reported anonymously here DVLA - Report an Untaxed Vehicle or by phoning the DVLA Road Tax Cheat Line on 08000 325202. If you have seen an untaxed vehicle which appears to be abandoned, we will investigate, but lack of a current tax disc alone does not make a vehicle an 'abandoned vehicle'.
  • Cars "trespassing" on private property. Vehicles that are abandoned elsewhere (in car parks, by garages, on private land) are the responsibility of the relevant land owners.

The law on abandoned vehicles:

  • The law requires Local Authority to remove vehicles which are apparently abandoned on highways, and some other land to which the public have access, subject to giving notice of removal
  • Usually seven days notice is given
  • In some circumstances we will only give 24 hours notice
  • In exceptional circumstances, such as where the vehicle is an immediate danger to public, we may remove it without notice.

Contact the Police if vehicles are

  • Parked in a dangerous position or are causing an obstruction
  • In dangerous positions at the roadside after a road traffic accident
  • Lost or stolen.