Abandoning a vehicle is a crime, for which we can issue a fixed penalty notice of up to £200. The maximum penalty on conviction is a fine of up to £2,500, imprisonment, or both.
If you think a vehicle has been abandoned, you can ask us to investigate.
We’ll consider a vehicle to be abandoned if it has been parked without moving for three weeks, or is significantly damaged. An abandoned vehicle might also:
- have flat tyres
- have broken windows or windscreen
- be missing one or both number plates
- have wires hanging from the dashboard
- be rusty or mouldy
- be untaxed – you can check if a vehicle is taxed and has an MOT on the government website
- be registered as off the road (SORN) but left on the road
If any of these are true about the vehicle you have seen, please report it to us. We’ll need to know the vehicle’s location, make, model, colour and registration number. We’ll also ask why you think it has been abandoned.
We will not investigate vehicles that are parked badly or are causing an obstruction.
As part of our investigation we’ll attach a 7-day notice to the vehicle and contact the last registered keeper.
Following expiry of the notice, if we think the vehicle has been abandoned we will remove it and store it for 21 days. If it is still not claimed after that, it will be recycled.