Abandoned vehicles

Before you report a vehicle to us as abandoned please check if the vehicle is taxed on the DVLA's website here

If the vehicle is taxed we are unlikely to be able to do anything unless it is in a dangerous condition, however, you can report an untaxed vehicle that you’ve seen on a public road anonymously here at GOV.UK.

If the vehicle is seen to be dangerous or a possible health hazard to the public please ring us or call the police on 101

To know if a vehicle is abandoned at least one of the following must apply:

  • it has no keeper on the DVLA's database and is untaxed - check with the DVLA by clicking the link above, as vehicles no longer have to display a tax disc
  • it is stationary for a significant amount of time
  • it is significantly damaged, run down or unroadworthy - with flat tyres, wheels removed or broken windows
  • it is burnt out
  • it has number plates missing

If the vehicle has no tax and one of the above applies then you can report the vehicle as abandoned by filling out our online form.

If you have any enquiries regarding an abandoned caravan or trailer and wish to report this please Contact us here.

Abandoned Vehicles, Retrieving a removed vehicle

If we have removed a vehicle that belongs to you please contact us at the earliest opportunity.

You will have to pay a retrieval fee.

Before you report a vehicle to us as abandoned please check if the vehicle is taxed on the DVLA's website here

Report here using our online form


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