Abandoned Vehicles

If you see a vehicle that you think has been abandoned you should report it to the police by calling 101.

They can investigate whether the vehicle has been stolen and establish who is the current keeper.

If the vehicle is confirmed to be abandoned, the police will contact the council requesting the issue of a 24 hour removal notice.

All abandoned vehicles are a nuisance but not all nuisance vehicles are abandoned

Abandoned vehicles may appear for a variety of reasons:

  • Death of owner
  • Owner moved away
  • Long term residency outside UK
  • Detained at her Majesty's pleasure
  • Insurance fraud
  • Vehicle breakdown

Notification of nuisance vehicles by the general public is rapidly increasing and there is little or nothing the local authority can do about nuisance vehicles such as:

  • Poorly parked vehicles
  • Vehicles causing obstruction
  • Neighbour disputes
  • Residential parking disputes
  • Vehicle breakdown

The service operates in accordance with the prescribed procedures and was developed in partnership with the police.