What to do?
If you suspect a vehicle has been abandoned in the borough, you can report this to the Council.
The Council will only consider looking into an abandoned vehicle if it has been stationary for a period longer than 21 days; providing it’s not a wreck.
When reporting, please provide as much detail as possible e.g. the length of time the vehicle has been stationary, the vehicle registration, colour, manufacturer, location, condition etc.
Further to a report, an officer from the Environmental Health department will undertake an investigation to establish whether the vehicle is genuinely abandoned and attempt to determine ownership. Where a vehicle is confirmed as being abandoned, it will be removed from the highway.
Where an abandoned vehicle is located on private land; removal can be carried out with the landowners written consent.
Abandoned Vehicle Characteristics
An abandoned vehicle usually displays one of the following characteristics:
- Flat tyres or missing wheels.
- Vegetation and/or rubbish in and around the car.
- Broken windows.
- Excessive rust or mould.
- No number plates
- No tax or MOT.
The Council cannot deal with:
- Poorly parked vehicles
- Residential parking disputes
- Vehicles causing obstruction.
- Broken down vehicles.
How do I Report an Abandoned Vehicle
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone us on 01200 425111.