Anti-social behaviour

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Abandoned vehicles

Abandoned vehicles are those which are not wanted by the owner, who has left the car and does not intend to use it again.

Before you start a report

Note: Just because a vehicle is poorly parked, or not believed to belong to a resident in the road, does not mean it is abandoned.

An abandoned vehicle will usually be:

Plus at least one of the following:

  • not moved for more than a month
  • in very poor condition and possibly damaged
  • containing waste or rubbish

Who do I report the vehicle to?

Depending on the situation, there are different organisations that you should report to.  

  • For vehicles which are dangerously parked, contact the police by calling 101
  • For vehicles that are untaxed but are still being used, report to the DVLA.
  • For illegal parking on a public highway - report to the Parking Enforcement team on 01895 271418.

Vehicles on private land can be inspected if the landowner requests.

What we need to know

To report an abandoned vehicle you will need:

  • the vehicle registration
  • make, model, and colour
  • to know if the vehicle is taxed
  • the exact location of the vehicle (for example, nearest house number or junction)

Report an abandoned vehicle

What happens next

Our officer will attempt to contact the owner to either remove it or claim it. If the owner cannot be traced the vehicle may be towed away for a short period of storage before disposal. If the owner then wishes to recover the vehicle from the council's abandoned vehicle contractor they will have to pay the collection and storage charges.

Vehicles which are burnt out or in a dangerously damaged condition may be removed immediately without prior notice to the owner.

Vehicles inspected and not considered abandoned will not normally be considered for re-inspection until they have been unmoved for at least three months from the date of the report.

Page last updated: 18 May 2020