The council has the authority to remove and dispose of abandoned vehicles under the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978. However, abandoned vehicles can’t be removed from private land without permission from the landowner.
How can I tell if a vehicle has been abandoned?
Abandoned vehicles generally share common characteristics. A vehicle may have been abandoned if it is:
- untaxed, with no current vehicle keeper on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency’s (DVLA) record;
- stationary for a significant period of time;
- significantly damaged, run down or not roadworthy;
- burned out; or
- lacking one or more of its number plates.
How can I report an abandoned vehicle?
If you suspect that a vehicle has been abandoned, please call us on 01656 643643 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know. It is important that you give us as much information as you can so that we can locate and deal with the vehicle.
Where possible, please tell us:
- the vehicle’s registration number (if legible);
- the make, model and colour of the vehicle; and
- Where we can find the vehicle.
What happens next?
When we have located the abandoned vehicle, we will tag it and give notice of removal. If the vehicle isn’t removed within seven days, or if its owner can’t be traced, we will remove it for disposal.
If you require more information, call us on 01656 643643 or email email@example.com