Abandoned and nuisance vehicles

Last Updated: 3 April 2024

Please refer to the guidance below before you report an abandoned vehicle or vehicles being sold or repaired on the street that are causing a nuisance.

Abandoned vehicle

Check before reporting

Is the vehicle really abandoned?

Things you need to think about and check before reporting:

  • a vehicle in good condition is unlikely to have been abandoned. An abandoned vehicle might have significant damage, flat tyres, wheels removed or broken windows
  • is the keeper of the vehicle known or live locally?
  • an abandoned vehicle is one which might have been left, unused, in one location for several weeks and may not be roadworthy
  • if a vehicle is untaxed or SORN and is being kept on the highway you can report an untaxed vehicle to DVLA

Check whether the vehicle is taxed

A seemingly abandoned vehicle should only be reported if the vehicle is untaxed.

Please check if a vehicle is taxed

Our response

  • we aim to respond to reports of abandoned vehicles within five working days
  • we will try to contact the owner
  • we will contact the police who will investigate whether the vehicle has been involved in a crime 

Report an abandoned vehicle

Vehicles being sold or repaired on the street

We can take action against nuisance caused by people repairing or selling vehicles for business on a street when:

  • two or more vehicles are for sale within 500 metres of each other on a road
  • vehicles are being repaired on a road as part of a business. Except for repairs from an accident or breakdown that are done within 72 hours of an incident

Contact our customer service team to report an issue.