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An abandoned vehicle is one 'which appears to have been left without lawful authority'.

This could be the case if it's:

  • Stationary for 15 days or more – tyre valve positions could indicate if the vehicle has moved
  • Burned out
  • Missing both number plates

Our responsibility for abandoned vehicles

Before you report an abandoned vehicle, please check

Be aware that we cannot help with:

  • Vehicles that are taxed or MOT’d or SORN’d or insured
  • Vehicles reported to DVLA for expired tax, please allow DVLA time to resolve
  • Vehicles that have a registered keeper
  • Vehicles on private land
  • Vehicles that have been involved in an accident
  • Stolen vehicles

Report an abandoned vehicle

Check to establish if the vehicle is taxed, MOT’d, SORN’d or insured before you contact environmental services.You'll need to provide details of:

  • Vehicle location
  • Vehicle type (car, van, caravan, motorbike)
  • Vehicle make and model
  • Vehicle colour
  • Vehicle registration number
  • Your name, address and contact telephone number (in case we need to check any details)