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Abandoned Vehicles

An abandoned vehicle includes a vehicle that is untaxed and stationary for a significant amount of time. Residents worried about an abandoned vehicle in their area can report it to the Council for investigation using the following procedure.

How to report an abandoned vehicle:

The Council takes a robust approach to abandoned vehicles and residents who wish to report a suspected abandoned vehicle are requested to ring our Customer Services team on 01803 861234

We will require following information:

  • A contact name or contact telephone number
  • The make, model and colour of the vehicle in question
  • The registration of the vehicle if known
  • The nearest town, exact location of the vehicle and is the vehicle on a public or private road, which is important
  • Confirmation as to whether there is a tax disc displayed and if so, the date on the disc
  • The condition of the vehicle, giving details of any damage or missing parts

You can tell us about an abandoned vehicle using our Report an Abandoned Vehicle form.

Alternatively, you can call or email our Customer Services department.

Further information

  • Please be aware that if a vehicle is taxed, it would not be classed as an abandoned vehicle and the Council would not be able to take any action against such a vehicle
  • Although a vehicle may be untaxed, it doesn't necessary mean it's been abandoned
  • If you would like to report an untaxed vehicle, please ring the DVLA Road Tax Cheat Line on 08000 325202 If you do report a vehicle as abandoned, one of our officers will attend and investigate
  • If deemed abandoned a notice will be served on the vehicle giving a specific period of time (this is normally minimum of seven days) before which the vehicle will be removed by the Council.
  • If this happens, the registered keeper can be given a £200 fixed penalty notice or a prosecution in the Magistrates Court.