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Abandoned Vehicles

Find out what to do if you suspect a vehicle has been abandoned.

Report an abandoned vehicle

If you suspect a vehicle has been abandoned, you can report it to us  online or by calling customer services on 023 8028 5000.

Before you report a vehicle as abandoned please take the time to check with your neighbours that it does not belong to any visitors. We will not get involved in disputes over parking - if you know who the owner is then the vehicle is not abandoned.

If you are reporting a vehicle as abandoned, it is helpful if you have the following information:

  • Make, model and colour

  • Registration number

  • Detailed location information

  • How long the vehicle has been there

What will happen next?

When we receive a report of an abandoned vehicle, we will visit the location and investigate.  Once our initial enquiries are complete, we will decide on the next course of action.  Our options include removing the vehicle, writing to the last registered keeper and advising them to contact us, writing to the land owner or taking no further action as we have established that the vehicle is not abandoned.

REMEMBER: A CAR WHICH IS ROAD LEGAL (CURRENT TAX, MOT (IF MORE THAN 3 YEARS OLD) AND INSURANCE AND HAS A CURRENT KEEPER) CAN PARK ON ANY PUBLIC ROAD/HIGHWAY FOR AN INDEFINITE PERIOD.

It is an offence to abandon on any land in the open air, or on any land forming part of the highway, a motor vehicle or part thereof.  The punishment for this can be a fine up to £2,500 or 3 months imprisonment.  If a vehicle is claimed by the owner then it will no longer be deemed to be abandoned and we will take no further action.

If you have reported an abandoned vehicle to us that subsequently moves, please let us know so that we do not make unnecessary visits to investigate.

Burnt out vehicles

The police may initially want to investigate burnt out vehicles as a criminal offence but the council will remove it after they have finished. For your own safety, please do not touch burnt out vehicles.

Updated: 14 Mar 2018
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