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Report an abandoned vehicle

​​​​​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.

Call the police on 101 to report an abandoned vehicle on the highway

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.
 

Report an abandoned vehicle (opens in a new window)

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​​