Under Section 3 of the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978 we have a duty to investigate and remove abandoned vehicles.
The majority of the reports that we receive are for vehicles that are not abandoned. A vehicle is not 'abandoned' simply because the vehicle is untaxed and poorly parked in the same place for a few days.
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). You can check whether a vehicle is taxed, has an MOT or has been declared off the road by visiting the GOV.UK - vehicle enquiry website and entering the registration and make of the vehicle.
You can report any untaxed vehicles on the public road to the DVLA via their website. [Please note that vehicles are no longer required to display a tax disk.] If a vehicle doesn’t have an MOT and is being used on a public road, you should report to the police by calling 101.
If the vehicle is on private land, please contact the landowner directly. We cannot remove a vehicle from private land without the permission of the landowner.
How we deal with abandoned vehicles
Once we receive an abandoned vehicle report, we will:
- Check the vehicles tax, MOT and insurance status.
- An officer will then investigate the vehicle and if on inspection the vehicle is considered to be abandoned a notice will be issued.
- 7 day notice – if on public land.
- 15 day notice – if on private land.
- 24 hour notice – if the vehicle is dangerous.
- We will then contact the registered keeper, and advise that the vehicle needs to be removed.
Claim an abandoned vehicleIf you are looking to claim a vehicle that has been issued a notice, please contact us.