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An abandoned vehicle is one 'which appears to have been left without lawful authority'; this is likely to be the case if it's:

  • stationary for a significant amount of time
  • significantly damaged, run down or unroadworthy - for example, has flat tyres, missing wheels or a broken windscreen
  • burned out
  • missing a number plate

Our responsibility for abandoned vehicles

Before contacting us to report an abandoned vehicle, you must first check if a vehicle is taxed and has an MOT, and whether it is parked legally.

You can check if a vehicle is taxed and has an MOT on GOV.UK.

See how we deal with parking enforcement and how to check if a vehicle is parked legally.

  • if the car is taxed and has an MOT, we cannot take any action unless the vehicle is parked illegally
  • if the vehicle is parked illegally you should report it to parking enforcement by calling our Parking Hotline on telephone: 0800 1381119, or the police on telephone: 101
  • if the car is taxed, but has no MOT, you should contact the police on telephone: 101.
    • specifically, a person who uses a vehicle on a road at any time, or causes or permits to be so used, a motor vehicle to which this section applies, which no test certificate has been issued within the appropriate period before that time, is guilty of an offence in Section 47(1) of the Road Traffic Act 1988
  • if the vehicle has an MOT, but is not taxed, you should contact the DVLA

You should only contact our Waste, Highways and Environmental Services Team to report an abandoned vehicle if the car is not taxed, has no MOT and is not parked illegally.

You'll need to provide details of:

  • vehicle location
  • vehicle type (car, van, caravan, motorbike)
  • vehicle condition (good, dirty, damaged)
  • registration number
  • your name, address and contact telephone number (in case we need to check any details)
  • any other information that will help us to resolve the request

Be aware that we cannot help with:

  • abandoned vehicles on private land, unless requested to do so by the landowner or emergency services
  • stolen vehicles
  • vehicles that have been involved in an accident

Removing abandoned vehicles

If you've reported abandoned vehicles we can help with, we'll arrange removal as soon as possible.

Also see

Waste, Highways and Environmental Services

Telephone: 01904 551551