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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.

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 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.

Please note that 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 and to keep you up to date with progress.  Details of informants will remain strictly confidential at all times.  We also do not proceed with any vehicle that still has valid road tax until the tax has expired. 

Start the journey


More info about the journey

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)


When this content has been updated

Last updated 7 November 2022