Abandoned or untaxed vehicles

An abandoned vehicle is usually:

  • untaxed
  • in a state of disrepair or vandalised
  • is causing a hazard or safety issue
  • is fire-damaged or burnt out
  • has been in the same position on a public road for a long period of time
  • the owner or keeper cannot be identified

The Council will deal with abandoned vehicles on the public highway and certain areas of private land. The vehicle will be inspected and removed subject to satisfactory clearance of statutory legal checks and confirmation it is abandoned.

Note: It is no longer necessary to display a tax disc on a vehicle, so before you report an abandoned vehicle, check with the DVLA to see if a vehicle is taxed or is declared Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN). Vehicles that are declared SORN should be kept on private property and not on the public highway. If you have a vehicle you wish to scrap, you must get it scrapped at an authorised treatment facility (ATF), more information can be found at scrapping your vehicle and insurance write-offs at GOV.UK.

Report an abandoned vehicle