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Abandoned Vehicles

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We are not currently investigating abandoned vehicles. If a vehicle has been left in a dangerous place, call the police on 101.

The council has the power to remove abandoned vehicles under the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978.

What is an abandoned vehicle?

An abandoned vehicle is likely to have one or more of the following characteristics:

  • It is in poor condition, has sustained accident damage, is burnt out or has been vandalised, has flat tyres, missing parts, broken windows   
  • It has not been moved for a long period of time
  • It has no tax or MOT
  • It is not secure

However there may be legitimate reasons why a car has been left somewhere for a long period of time, for example:

  • The owners are visiting a relative
  • The owners are sick or in hospital
  • The owners are on holiday
  • The vehicle has broken down

If a vehicle is not currently taxed then it can be reported to the DVLA.

Vehicles that are obstructively or dangerously parked,irrespective of whether a vehicle is taxed or not, must be reported to the police.

Reporting an Abandoned Vehicle

If you would like to report an abandoned vehicle, please complete the form below or Contact Us.

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Reporting an Abandoned Vehicle
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