Abandoned vehicles

Report an abandoned vehicle

If you see an abandoned vehicle, please report it to us as soon as possible.

We are required by law to remove abandoned vehicles on public land within the district.

Abandoning a vehicle is a criminal offence, which can result in a large fine, three months' imprisonment, or both.

If the vehicle has a known owner, it is not classified as abandoned. Vehicles obstructing the public highway or a hazard to road users should be reported to the police on the non-emergency number 101

How to identify an abandoned vehicle

  • Is the vehicle untaxed? See GOV.UK: Check if a vehicle is taxed (external website)
  • Are any of the tyres flat or have any of the wheels been removed?
  • Is the windscreen or any of the windows broken?
  • Is there any mould on either the inside or outside of the vehicle?
  • Does the vehicle contain rubbish?
  • Is there rubbish under the vehicle, indicating that it has not moved for some time?
  • Does the vehicle have number plates?
  • Has the vehicle been 'hot-wired ' (are there wires hanging from the dashboard)?
  • Has the vehicle been vandalised?
  • Is it a vehicle that you and your neighbours have never seen before and that no one is claiming ownership of?

What to do if you identify an abandoned vehicle

  • Never enter or touch an abandoned vehicle - it may have been used in a crime or pose a health and safety risk
  • Never approach a burning vehicle or burnt out vehicle - materials may be harmful. If a vehicle is on fire call the fire service immediately. If already burnt out contact us
  • Report it to us

An untaxed vehicle should be reported to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) (external website).

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