Abandoned vehicles can be an eyesore and a risk to public health when vandalised. We are responsible for removing abandoned vehicles from land in the open air (including private land) and roads (including private roads). 

A vehicle should be reported if:

  • it has expired road tax
  • it's been stationary for a significant amount of time
  • it's significantly damaged, run down or unroadworthy, for example has flat tires, missing wheels or broken windows
  • it's burnt out
  • it's missing a number plate

Report an abandoned vehicle on Fix My Street

What we need to know

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
  • vehicle tax status - check if a vehicle is taxed on the GOV.UK website
  • approximately how long has it been there
  • is there any damage that may cause a risk to public health

What action we will take 

We will visit the vehicle and initiate an investigation within 1 day of your report. We will take photographic evidence of the vehicle upon inspection. If we decide that a vehicle has been abandoned, we will attach a Notice of Removal on the vehicle's windscreen and arrange for its removal thereafter if no owner comes forward. 

Claiming a reported vehicle

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.

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.

Contact the Streetscene Team

Telephone: 01865 249811

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