How to report an abandoned vehicle
Tips and guidance
We will investigate reports of abandoned vehicles in the district, and have the power* to remove vehicles that we determine the keeper has no intention of returning to. Our powers also cover trailers and caravans.
We do not have the power to remove cars that are parked legally, but are causing an issue for local residents or businesses. Please report nuisance parking to the local police on the non emergency 101 number.
What if an abandoned car, van or other vehicle has been burnt out?
If a vehicle has been burnt out, it may have been stolen or been involved in a crime, so please report it to the local police on the non emergency number 101. The police will look into the issue and then report it to us for removal
How do I report an abandoned vehicle?
To report an abandoned vehicle please gather the following information:
- Where the vehicle is
- The registration number of the vehicle
- The colour and make of vehicle
- The condition of the vehicle (i.e. burnt out, vandalised or intact)
- How long it has been there for
- If it is displaying a tax disc
You can either report it by calling 01543 308999 or emailing email@example.com or by entering the postcode below and filling in our online form:
What happens if my car is removed by the council after being reported as abandoned?
We store the abandoned vehicles we remove. If your vehicle is removed, please call us on 01543 308999. We will ask you to prove that you own the vehicle and also pay the appropriate fines and storage charges, which are prescribed by law and not set by the council.
Removal fees start at £150, rising to £300 depending on the type of vehicle. The fees for storage for 24 hours or part thereof start at £20, and rise accordingly up to £35 per 24 hours or part thereof. The statutory fees are laid down in The Removal, Storage and Disposal of Vehicles (Prescribed Sums and Charges) Regulations, 2008.
Vehicles on private land
If a vehicle has been abandoned on private land, including a car parking area, we serve a notice on the landowner, and ask for consent to remove the vehicle. After the expiry of 15 days, we may enter onto the land taking all possible care, and remove the vehicle.
*Under the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978