Abandoned Vehicles

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, there may be a delay in dealing with abandoned vehicles reported to us.

This is due to the closure of other businesses who assist us with collecting the vehicles.

We will deal with all reports in due course, and thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

The council has the power to remove abandoned vehicles in some circumstances.

If the vehicle is causing a danger or an obstruction, you should report it to Devon and Cornwall Police.

The Council can only remove an abandoned vehicle if it is untaxed. You can check if a vehicle is taxed at Gov.UK.

If the vehicle is on private land,  we will need the landowner's permission in writing before we can remove the vehicle.

We will deal with burnt out vehicles as a priority.

Once we receive notification of an abandoned vehicle, we will post a notice and ask the registered keeper to either remove the vehicle or contact us to explain why it cannot be removed. If we do not hear from the registered keeper we will proceed with the removal process.

Report an Abandoned Vehicle