Abandoned and nuisance vehicles
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
Please check if a vehicle is taxed, a seemingly abandoned vehicle should only be reported if the vehicle is untaxed.
- 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
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.