Abandoned vehicles

Vehicles that have been dumped are an eyesore and can be dangerous. 

A dumped vehicle could be abandoned if:

  • it hasn't moved for a long time
  • it isn't taxed, or has no registered keeper with DVLA 
  • it is damaged, burnt out, or has no number plates

Report an abandoned vehicle

If you think a car, van or other vehicle has been abandoned we need to know:

  • where it is
  • when you first noticed it
  • if it is damaged
  • the make, model, and the registration number (if it is still on the vehicle)

Is the vehicle taxed? If you know the make and registration number you can check if the vehicle is taxed.

Photos can help us with our enquiries - but don't take photos if you feel it isn't safe.  

Report an abandoned vehicle


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Who removes abandoned vehicles?

We remove abandoned vehicles that are on streets, on pavements and on public land. We can also remove abandoned vehicles that are on private land with the landowner's consent.

Investigation, removal and costs

We will contact the last registered keeper. They have 14 days from the vehicle being removed to get in touch, or it will be scrapped - as much of the vehicle as possible will be reused or recycled.

The registered keeper can be required to pay removal, storage and disposal costs. They could be fined £200. The police could also take action for vehicles causing an obstruction or a danger to other road users. 

Have you received an abandoned vehicle notice?

Contact us straight away to let us know if:

  • the vehicle is not abandoned
  • it has been moved
  • it is no longer yours

You should let DVLA know if you no longer own the vehicle.

Park your vehicle legally

Make sure your vehicle is taxed and insured if you park it on the street or other public place. You can apply for a Statutory Off Road Notice (SORN) if you don't use your vehicle and it is kept off the road.

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We deal with abandoned vehicles under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 and other laws.

Find out about end of life vehicle regulations here.

Last updated on 16/11/2023