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Abandoned vehicles

An abandoned vehicle is one which might have been left, unused, in one location for several weeks and may not be roadworthy.

Abandoned car

An abandoned vehicle is unlikely to have been taxed. It could also have a flat tyre, or have had the wheels removed. There may be broken windows, a damaged bumper or no number plate.

A vehicle in good condition is unlikely to have been abandoned.

To check if a vehicle is taxed please visit the DVLA.

You will need the full registration and the make of the vehicle.

If a vehicle is untaxed or SORN and is being kept on the highway you can report it to the DVLA.

Report an abandoned vehicle (opens in a new window).

We aim to respond to all reports of abandoned vehicles within one working day. We will  try to contact the owner.

If the investigation reveals the vehicle may have been abandoned a statutory notice is fixed to the vehicle. Once it expires the vehicle is then removed for disposal.

We can recover the costs from land owners or the owner.

Any reports regarding abandoned vehicles should be passed to the police who will investigate whether the vehicle has been involved in a crime.