Abandoned Vehicles

Reporting and Procedures

All vehicles that are considered to be abandoned are dealt with using the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978 (as amended) as the primary source of legislation to remove such vehicles for disposal from both the public highway and private land. In addition to the above, the Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act 2005 also contains relevant legislation which is used by this Council to remove abandoned vehicles from both the public highway and private land.

Reporting an Abandoned Vehicle

If you think a vehicle has been abandoned you can report it to us online by clicking here

Before you do report a vehicle to us please consider the following:

  • How long has the vehicle been there, has it been in position for 3 weeks or more? If a vehicle has only been in a location for a couple of days it may not be abandoned and the Council will be unable to investigate until it has been in position for three weeks or more.The owner may be away or the vehicle could be broken down.
  • Have you spoken to your neighbours? They may know who owns the vehicle.

  • Where is the vehicle; is it on the road, in a private car park or on a driveway?

  • Is the vehicle taxed and does it have an MOT? These details can be checked here: https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-status

  • If a vehicle is taxed it can be legally parked on the highway

  • What is the general condition of the vehicle? Is it damaged?

  • Is the vehicle secure or is it unlocked or open in any way?

  • What is the make and model of the vehicle?

  • All vehicles with no known keeper/owner may be subject to immediate disposal.