The council has the power 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 to tell if a vehicle has been abandoned
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. Check on the Gov website to find out what information the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) holds about a vehicle.
- stationary for a significant period of time
- significantly damaged, run down or not roadworthy
- burned out
- missing one or more of its number plates
How to report an abandoned vehicle
If you think a vehicle has been abandoned, please contact us. It is important that you give us as much information as you can so that we can find and deal with the vehicle.
If you can, please tell us:
- the vehicle’s registration number
- the make, model and colour of the vehicle
- where we can find the vehicle
What happens next
When we have found 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.