Abandoned vehicles

There is no legal definition for an abandoned vehicle. However, a vehicle may be treated as abandoned if it has not moved for a considerable time and:

  • is damaged or in a run-down state
  • is burnt out
  • has no number plates
  • contains waste or attracts vandals
  • has no keeper on the DVLA system, or they fail to respond to requests to move the vehicle.

Complete our online form if you think a vehicle may be abandoned and we will investigate.

Report an abandoned vehicle

Please provide this information:

  • Exact location
  • Make and model
  • Registration (if any)
  • Colour
  • Your details
  • Any other information that may be relevant.

If a vehicle is taxed and not causing obstructions, it is not regarded as abandoned and we cannot deal with it.

Caravans

Caravans are not required to display number plates. They can be parked for lengthy periods of time if they are:

  • not causing an obstruction
  • facing the direction of traffic
  • lit at night.