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Abandoned vehicles

We investigate any vehicles reported as abandoned on local roads or property (usually including private property).

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Abandoned vehicle
An untaxed vehicle or one without an MOT does not, on its own, constitute an abandoned vehicle.
An officer will visit the site and carry out a visual inspection of the vehicle

    We will be looking for signs that it may have been abandoned for example:

  • flat tyres
  • Broken windows
  • insecure
  • obvious signs that it has not moved for some time
  • missing number plate
  • fuel cap missing

We do not have the powers to deal with the following:
A: Untaxed vehicle on the highway
B: SORN declared vehicles on a the highway
C: Vehicles without a current MOT
These offences are enforced by the DVLA. We do however inform the DVLA should we inspect a reported vehicle that falls into the category of A or B above

If you are aware of an abandoned vehicle in your area, you can Report it online

Details required

We will need the following information to be able to deal with the vehicle:

  • Make, model, colour and registration number of vehicle
  • The location where the vehicle has been abandoned
  • Is the vehicle in a dangerous condition with fuel cap missing?

When reporting a suspected abandoned vehicle we require the details of the person reporting (if possible).

Unwanted vehicles

If you have a vehicle that you no longer want, we are able to remove it for a fee. Please complete and return the 'Vehicle Surrender' form which you can download on the right hand side of this page.

Details required

To remove an unwanted vehicle it will need proof of ownership, e.g. V5 registration document, bill of sale/purchase.

You will be asked to complete a vehicle surrender form that is available under downloads to the right.

How long will it take

We investigate a report of an abandoned vehicle as soon as is practicable after it has been reported. There then follows a process of service of notices which range from 24 hours to 15 working days.

If the vehicle, in the opinion of the officer, appears to be abandoned, we will serve the appropriate notices on the vehicle and once they have expired, and if there is no objection received from the keeper, we will arrange to have the vehicle removed.

Due to the legal process that has to be followed when dealing with abandoned vehicles, it is important to note that it can take between 3 - 4 weeks to remove a vehicle.


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