Abandoning a vehicle is illegal and can be dangerous, it can also ruin the appearance of your neighbourhood.
Abandoning a vehicle is a criminal offence carrying a maximum fine of £2500 or 3 months imprisonment or both. Council officers may issue a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 as an alternative to prosecution.
The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 enables the council to deal quickly and effectively with vehicles that are reported as abandoned and allows any vehicles that are in a dangerous condition, burnt out etc (where police have no interest) to be removed immediately without prior notice.
A vehicle could be considered to be abandoned if:
A vehicle that is taxed with DVLA is not abandoned and cannot be dealt with by the council, however you could report it to your local DVLA office in writing. This can be done anonymously and you will need to include full details and registration number of the vehicle, location and owners details if known.
The council would only investigate reports of vehicles abandoned on private land if:
You can report a suspected abandoned vehicle by ringing the community support unit on 01773 841335 or completing and submitting the on-line form below.
You should include the following information:
The council aims to respond to all reports within 48 hours of the request being received.
Once a vehicle has been removed it may only be released to the registered keeper on proof of ownership and the payment of a Fixed Penalty Notice and a release fee.
The council has no powers to remove vehicles which are claimed by their owners, however, will make every effort to ensure that the vehicle is parked legally.
If a vehicle is assessed as being in a dangerous condition it will be removed immediately.
To report an abandoned vehicle online please submit all the details below. Please note, we do request that you include your name and telephone number in your submission, however these details will not be passed on to any other person, they will only be used to contact you if we require further information on the details you have reported.
Contact the team directly on 01773 841335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org