It is a criminal offence to abandon a motor vehicle, or anything that has formed part of a motor vehicle, on any land in the open air or on any other land forming part of the highway.
What is an abandoned vehicle?
Just because a vehicle is untaxed, is poorly parked or is not believed to be owned by a resident does not mean that it has been abandoned.
The list below shows some of the criteria our Officers consider when assessing a vehicle:
- is taxed/untaxed
- has no current registered keeper
- has been stationary for a significant amount of time
- is significantly damaged, run down, unroadworthy or burned out
- is lacking one or more of its number plates or contains waste
- is on private land or highways
When isn’t a vehicle abandoned?
If it is:
- illegally/dangerously/badly parked
- recently crashed or broken down
- obstructing vehicle access
- obstructing utilities
- untaxed but being used
- uninsured/no MOT
A vehicle that is parked dangerously or causing an obstruction or you suspect to have been stolen should be reported to the Police.
If the vehicle is on private land, please contact the landowner directly. If you are the landowner and believe a vehicle has been abandoned on your land, please contact us for more information.
It is an offence to have a vehicle on the road without tax or to have a vehicle on the road which has a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN).
If you wish to report an untaxed vehicle on the highway, please complete the DVLA's online form.
If you suspect the vehicle to have been stolen, please contact your local Police station.
Nuisance vehicles: repairs
Enforcement action may be taken by the Council but only against those who act irresponsibly as part of a business attempting to use the road as a mock workshop.
It is not an offence if the repair arises from a breakdown or accident (but must be carried out within 72 hours unless authorised local authority permission is given).
Nuisance vehicles: for sale
Enforcement action may be taken if a person leaves two or more vehicles parked within 500m of each other on a road(s), where they are exposed or advertised for sale.
Anyone wishing to trade is required to apply for a consent street trading licence. For more information please see the Council's street trading page.
Report an abandoned vehicle
If you wish to report an abandoned vehicle, please use our online form:
If the vehicle is on private land, please contact the landowner directly.
If you are the landowner and believe a vehicle has been abandoned on your land, please contact us for more information.