Any motor car, van, caravan, motor cycle or trailer which has apparently been left by its owner/most recent user, in the same location for some time is considered to be abandoned if it has:
- been left in the street, on public open ground or at a garage site, the vehicle structure/glass has been damaged by vandalism (as opposed to damage caused by a road traffic accident)
- unsecured doors (the bonnet or boot may be open)
- been partially or fully burnt out.
Report an abandoned vehicle
It is an offence to abandon a vehicle.
You will need:
- the precise location of the vehicle
- the make, model, colour and, if available, registration number
- information, such as approximate length of time the vehicle has been at this location
- for caravans, trailers etc a description of the vehicle
Report abandoned vehicle
What happens next?
If a vehicle is deemed to be abandoned by us it will be removed after a period of seven days has elapsed from notice being served on the vehicle and the last registered keeper of the vehicle.
In the case of a vehicle which is considered to be a hazard it will be removed after 24 hours has elapsed from a 24 hour removal notice being been served on the vehicle.
Most abandoned vehicles are consigned to be scrapped. Very occasionally a vehicle may be sold at public auction.