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Abandoned Vehicles

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Report an Abandoned Vehicle

Any vehicle (including trailers, caravans and parts of motor vehicles) that appear to have been abandoned on a public highway or on open land and to which the owner or last registered keeper has no intention of returning can be deemed to be an abandoned vehicle.

How we do it

Certain vehicles can be disposed of immediately with no requirement to notify the vehicle keeper, however, local authorities are obliged by law to attempt to trace and notify owner of vehicles considered to be of some value.

If the vehicle poses an immediate danger it will be removed within 24 hours. Other vehicles will have a 7 day removal notice attached and during that period attempts will be made to trace the last registered keeper or current owner of the vehicle. If the keeper or owner cannot be traced and / or does not remove the vehicle then it, and the entire contents, will be removed at the end of the 7 day period and disposed of 2 weeks later.

Is it abandoned?

A vehicle that is untaxed, taking up valuable space or is in bad condition might not always be considered to be an abandoned vehicle. A vehicle that is untaxed is usually dealt with by the DVLA while vehicles that are a nuisance, broken down or obstructive are usually dealt with by the Police.

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