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Abandoned and nuisance vehicles

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 two 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

Nuisance vehicle

Nuisance vehicles can be reported to us if the following circumstances apply:

  • two or more vehicles are advertised for sale within 500 metres of each other on a public highway
  • vehicles are being repaired on a public highway as part of a business. 

Alternatively you can call the Police on 101.

Report a nuisance vehicle