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Abandoned vehicles

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

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.


Report an abandoned vehicle

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.

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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