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Report an abandoned vehicle

If you think a vehicle might be abandoned, you can report it to the council to investigate. An abandoned vehicle needs to have been parked without moving for three weeks, or be significantly damaged or burned out.

It may also have one or more of the following criteria:

  • The vehicle has flat tyres
  • The windscreen or windows are broken
  • The vehicle is mouldy or rusty
  • The vehicle is lacking one or more of its number plates
  • There are wires hanging from the dashboard
  • The vehicle is not roadworthy
  • The vehicle is untaxed or SORN and stored on the road or public highway

If any of these are true about the vehicle in question, please report it to us:

Report an abandoned vehicle

We'll need to know:

  • the vehicle's location
  • the vehicle's make and model
  • the vehicle's registration number
  • the vehicle's colour
  • why you think it has been abandoned

Please note that vehicles that are parked badly or are causing an obstruction are not able to be investigated as abandoned vehicles. 

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 in the opinion of an enforcement officer the vehicle does appear to have been abandoned, we will remove it and store it for 21 days. If it is still not claimed after that, it will be recycled.

Abandoning a vehicle is a crime, for which we may 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.

You can check the tax status of a vehicle by using the DVLA's enquiry system.

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