Abandoned vehicles

Last updated on: 09-Apr-2021

1. Overview

An abandoned vehicle is a vehicle which doesn't have a known owner.

If a vehicle is road legal, is parked on the public highway and the owner tells us that it's not abandoned, we have no power to remove the vehicle.

Types of issues and who to report them to

Some issues with vehicles are dealt with by different agencies. Please read the following information to determine who you should contact.

Vehicles causing an obstruction or in a dangerous condition

If a vehicle is causing an obstruction or is parked dangerously you need to report it to the Police on 101.

The Police have the power to immediately remove any vehicle which is causing an obstruction or likely to cause danger.

Untaxed vehicles / Vehicles registered as SORN

If a vehicle is untaxed or a has been registered as SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) but parked on a public road, you need to report it online to GOV.UK – Report an untaxed vehicle.

Abandoned vehicles

We will only investigate a vehicle reported as abandoned when at least three of the following criteria have been met:

  • Broken lights
  • Broken window(s)
  • Fire damage
  • Flat tyre(s)
  • Fuel cap missing
  • Leaking fluid
  • Left in a dangerous position
  • Long standing (over 21 days)
  • Missing wheels
  • Mould in the vehicle
  • Panel damage
  • Parts missing
  • Rubbish in the vehicle
  • Sharp edges
  • Vegetation in the vehicle


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