The number of abandoned cars is increasing because of the cost of scrapping vehicles and the drop in second hand car prices. Abandoned vehicles are an eyesore. We remove them as quickly as we can but there is a legal process which can take some time.
- Environmental Health have no powers in terms of parking issues.
- Burnt out and dangerously parked vehicles can be reported to the Police on the non-emergency contact number 101.
Abandoned vehicles typically are characterised by the following:
- It has no keeper on DVLA’s database and is untaxed* - check vehicle tax online
- Stationary for a significant amount of time such as a number of months
- It’s significantly damaged, run down or unroadworthy, for example has flat tyres, missing wheels or broken windows
* We will not treat taxed vehicles as abandoned unless they are causing a risk to public safety.
The responsibility for dealing with untaxed roadworthy vehicles including those with SORN status parked on the public road lies with the DVLA. Such vehicles can be reported to the DVLA.
Abandoned vehicles are covered by the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978. If the vehicle is on private property it is the responsibility of the property owner to arrange for its removal. If the property owner has not given permission for the vehicle to be there and wishes for it to be removed, they can contact us for assistance by completing our online form.
If a vehicle is suspected as having been abandoned on Council land then complete our online form and we can investigate the matter.