It's an offence to abandon a vehicle anywhere on the highway (roads and pavements) or public land.
Abandoned vehicle on the highway
If you suspect a vehicle has been abandoned on the highway, please report it to the police.
Untaxed vehicle on the highway
If you suspect a vehicle has no tax and/or MOT - whether or not it has been abandoned - you can check and report it on the DVLA website.
Check if a vehicle is taxed
Report an untaxed vehicle
Abandoned vehicle on public land
If you suspect a vehicle has been abandoned on public land, please report it to us giving as much useful information as possible.
What happens next?
Before we can take action, we investigate to work out if the vehicle is in fact abandoned. This is likely if any of the following apply:
It has no keeper on the
DVLA’s database and is untaxed (we need to check with the DVLA as vehicles no longer have to display a tax disc).
- It has been stationary for a long time.
- It's badly damaged, run down or unroadworthy - eg flat tyres, missing wheels or broken windows.
- It has number plates missing.
How councils deal with abandoned vehicles