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Report an abandoned vehicle

A vehicle that is roadworthy and has valid tax, MOT and insurance is not classed as abandoned and we will not remove it. The same is true for a vehicle parked on private land with the landowner's permission.

You can check if a vehicle has valid tax and MOT on the government's website:

How we respond to reports

We aim to remove abandoned vehicles from public land about six weeks from the time we receive a report. This is because we have to investigate each case, and allow time for owners to come forward and claim the vehicle. We will prioritise the removal of vehicles that we consider to be a threat to residents.

If a vehicle is not taxed, you can get it removed more quickly by using our report an untaxed vehicle service.

What you need to tell us

You can report an abandoned vehicle online. You will need to tell us:

  • where it is
  • roughly how long it's been there (we won't investigate if it's under two months)
  • if there's anything wrong with the vehicle
  • the vehicle's registration number (number plate), if you can see it

You can also provide photographs, if it is safe to do so.

Make a report

You can either:

  • sign in to your MyAccount to continue with your report
  • continue anonymously

Any data collected as part of the application will be used in accordance with data protection law and the UK GDPR. Find out more about how we process your data.

If you're unable to complete the online form, you can:

Abandoned vehicles on private land

Find out what to do if the problem is on privately-owned land, such as social housing land, railways or canal towpaths.

If a vehicle has been abandoned on your property without your permission, you can contact us. We are not responsible for removing vehicles on private land, but we may be able to help.

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