Car issues

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Abandoned vehicles

Abandoned vehicles

Unwanted abandoned vehicles are those which have been left by the owner who has no intention to use it again

Identifying abandoned vehicles

Just because a vehicle is poorly parked or it doesn't belong to a resident in the road, it does not mean it's abandoned.

An abandoned vehicle will usually be:

Plus at least of the following:

  • not used for more than a month
  • in very poor condition and possibly damaged
  • containing waste or rubbish

How to report an abandoned vehicle

  • Dangerously parked vehicles - contact the police (call 101).
  • Untaxed but not abandoned (still being used) vehicles - report untaxed vehicle to the DVLA (opens new window).
  • Illegal parking on a public highway - report to parking enforcement at the contact details below.
  • Vehicles on private land - can be inspected if the landowner requests.

What we need to know

To report an abandoned vehicle, you will need:

Report an abandoned vehicle

What happens next?

Our officer will contact the owner, where possible, to either remove the vehicle or claim it. If the owner cannot be traced, the vehicle may be towed away for a short period of storage before disposal. If the owner decides they want to recover the vehicle from the council's abandoned vehicle contractor (opens new window), they'll have to pay the collection and storage charges.

Vehicles that are burnt out or in a dangerously damaged condition may be removed immediately without prior notice to the owner.

Vehicles inspected and not considered abandoned will not normally be considered for re-inspection until they have been unmoved for at least 3 months from the date of the report.

Page last updated: 21 Apr 2023