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Abandoned 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 it to the DVLA

Check whether the vehicle is taxed

An abandoned vehicle is unlikely to have been taxed. To check if a vehicle is taxed please visit the DVLA.

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

Make a report

Report an abandoned vehicle