Reporting an abandoned vehicle
Up to date vehicle tax
- You can check if a vehicle is taxed or has been registered as off the road (SORN)
- If the vehicle is parked on a public road and is untaxed or SORN'd you can report it to the DVLA
You can check if a vehicle has an MOT certificate
- If the vehicle is parked on a public road and is not MOT'd you can report it here report it to the DVLA or by phoning the police on 101
A danger or obstruction
Is the vehicle:
- In breach of traffic regulations
- Obstructing the roadway
- Likely to cause a danger?
The Police have the legal power to remove any vehicle left in a position that they consider is causing a danger or obstruction.
To report a vehicle Call 101 or contact your local police station.
If the vehicle has been dumped and left for more than 28 days
Signs to look for:
- Missing number plates
- Smashed windscreen or windows
- Significantly damaged (flat tyres, removed wheels)
- Vandalised or burned out
A vehicle will generally be considered as "abandoned" if it has been discarded or dumped. It is not based on the length of time it has remained on site.
If a vehicle has been discarded or dumped, Environmental Health can investigate. To help us investigate, please have this information ready:
- Make, model and colour
- Exact location
- General condition
- How long abandoned
- Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
- At least 4 pictures (at least one from each side of the vehicle)