Report an abandoned vehicle

Identifying an abandoned or nuisance vehicle

There is often a lot of confusion between an abandoned vehicle and a nuisance vehicle. The only vehicles that we have a legal duty to remove are those vehicles that are abandoned and on public land.

A nuisance vehicle may be:

  • poorly parked
  • causing an obstruction
  • involved in a residential parking dispute
  • in need of repair
  • untaxed

An abandoned vehicle is:

  • stationary in the same place for a long time
  • untaxed
  • damaged in some way (such as flat tyres, broken windows, crash damage or burnt out)

We do not have the power to:

  • remove nuisance vehicles unless they are in a dangerous condition. We do work with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and the Police in such cases if we need to.
  • deal with abandoned vehicles on private land.
  • deal with vehicles causing an obstruction.  These should be reported to the Police on the Force Enquiry Line - simply dial 101.
  • deal with a vehicle that is untaxed but not abandoned. You can report this to the DVLA who have the power to prosecute the registered keeper of the vehicle.

Unfortunately, we are unable to act on any report that has been made anonymously, as we need to be able to contact the informant for further information. We also do not proceed with any vehicle that still has valid road tax, until the tax has expired.

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We need the following information when a vehicle is reported:

  • name and contact details of informant
  • make of vehicle (eg. Ford)
  • model (eg. Fiesta)
  • registration
  • colour
  • if the vehicle is taxed?
  • condition of the vehicle (eg. are the windows smashed)
  • exact location (eg. on junction of Forde Road and Brunel Road)

Once reported, we will investigate whether the vehicle is abandoned and take action as necessary. We will contact you to update on progress. 

You can call the Abandoned Vehicle Helpline on 01626 215860 or the Environmental Hotline on 0800 328 6402.

When this content has been updated

Last updated 8 May 2017