The Council has a statutory duty under the Refuse
Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978 to remove any motor vehicle, which
appears to be abandoned on any land, or highway, in the open air.
The vehicle when abandoned without lawful authority will be
removed and disposed of and the last known keeper will be sent a
Fixed Penalty Notice for £100.00 payable within fourteen
The term "vehicle" in this context means a
motor vehicle or trailer or anything which forms part of a motor
vehicle or trailer including any item contained within it.
What is an Abandoned Vehicle?
Definition of "Abandoned"
There is no legal definition of 'abandoned' - Council
officers must decide in each case whether a vehicle is abandoned.
However, the following characteristics are generally common to
abandoned vehicles and one or a combination of the following will
be taken into account when deciding whether a vehicle is
- Untaxed, with no current vehicle keeper on the Driver and
Vehicle Licensing Agency's (DVLA) record;
- Stationary for a significant amount of time.
- Significantly damaged, run down or un-roadworthy.
- Burnt out
What We Do
- Respond to complaints and representations regarding abandoned
- Issue Fixed Penalty Notice for £100.00 to the last know keeper
of the vehicle.
- Where a vehicle is considered by the Council to be abandoned
the Council will remove and store the vehicle for up to ten days
depending on the condition.
- Recover costs incurred in removing storing and disposing from
the owners or the owner responsible for abandoning the
What is Not an Abandoned Vehicle?
- Badly parked or obstructive vehicles;
- Road traffic accident vehicles awaiting recovery;
- Broken down vehicles;
The above are the responsibility of the police.
- Not having a current vehicle excise licence (is not sufficient
grounds to decide that a vehicle is abandoned) these should be
reported to the DVLA.
- Untaxed vehicles, which are being used or repaired on the
highway these should be reported to the DVLA.
The DVLA telephone number is 0300 790
details for the DVLA.
How Do I Report an Abandoned Vehicle?
You can report vehicles that you think are
abandoned by completing the online
form. To report a suspected abandoned vehicle by
telephone please ring 01229 876412.
What Happens Next?
If a vehicle is deemed to be abandoned, an
enforcement officer will have the vehicle removed. After the
storage period if the owner has not reclaimed the vehicle it will
be disposed of.