Oxford City Council

PO Box 10, Oxford, OX1 1EN
Tel 01865 249811
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Recycling and waste

Abandoned Vehicles

We aim to keep the number of abandoned vehicles on our streets to a minimum and welcome co-operation from the public to help us do this. Abandoned vehicles can be an eyesore and a risk to public health when vandalised.

We are responsible for the removal of abandoned vehicles in Oxford.

How do I determine whether a vehicle is abandoned?

  1. The vehicle has been parked in the same place for a long period of time.
  2. The vehicle is not displaying a current tax disc and not under a SORN (Statutory Off the Road Notice) declaration

How do I determine whether a vehicle is dangerous?

Vehicles which are in a dangerous condition or which may represent a danger to the public due to broken glass, fire damage, sharp edges etc. should be reported to us and these will be dealt with as a priority.

How do I report an abandoned vehicle?

Report It iconReport abandoned vehicles online

The responsible officer is charged with inspecting the vehicle, posting notification and arranging for the vehicle's removal if no owner comes forward. This process can take at least 10 working days.

Abandoned vehicles are visited and assessed by a Council officer within 1 day of the report.

What do we need to know?

If you would like to report an abandoned or dangerous vehicle we will need the following information:

  • the location of the vehicle
  • the make and colour of the vehicle
  • the registration number of the vehicle
  • does it have a current tax disc
  • approximately how long has it been there
  • is there any damage that may cause a risk to public health

We will photograph the vehicle when we inspect it for evidence.

Abandoned vehicles which are taxed

Abandoned vehicles displaying a current tax disc should be reported to Thames Valley Police.

How do I claim my vehicle if it is not abandoned?

If your vehicle has been labelled as abandoned and you wish to claim it as yours you must contact us within 24 hours and be able to give necessary information. To avoid having your vehicle reported as abandoned please ensure that you display a current tax disc.

If your vehicle is under a SORN declaration (Statutory Off the Road Notice) you must arrange to have it stored off the public highway with the landowner's permission.

Removal of abandoned vehicles on business premises

Visit our Oxford Direct Services website for more information about our abandoned vehicle and bicycle removal service.

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Page last reviewed 12 November 2015

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