Abandoned vehicles are unsightly, they can also cause a nuisance, damage the environment and can be dangerous.
It's important to report abandoned vehicles as they can be dangerous and may have been used in a crime. It's not always easy to tell if a vehicle has been abandoned. Make sure that you don't enter or touch the vehicle. If it has been involved in a crime, the vehicle will need to be investigated by the police. It may also contain hazardous waste and could be a fire risk.
Has the vehicle been abandoned?
There are a number of things you can check to establish whether the vehicle has been abandoned:
- Condition of the vehicle, if burnt out please report to the police 01789 414111
- Does the vehicle have flat tyres or have any wheels been removed
- Is there litter or lots of leaves under the vehicle
- Is the windscreen or any of the windows broken
- Are the number plates missing
- Does the vehicle contain rubbish
- Have any parts, like the bumper, seats or radio, been removed or damaged
- Is there any graffiti on the vehicle
- Are there wires hanging from the dashboard because the vehicle has been 'hot-wired' (driven without keys by connecting ignition wires together)
There is no longer an obligation to display a tax disc in the vehicle. Prior to reporting a vehicle you will need to check if the vehicle has a valid tax - you can do this by clicking on the DVLA link.
If possible, you should check with your neighbours or local businesses to see if anyone knows anything about the ownership of the vehicle.
Reporting an Abandonded or Untaxed Vehicle
If you think a vehicle has been abandoned or if a vehicle is untaxed (once you have performed the above check) in the district please complete our abandonded vehicles online form
Reporting a problem, concern or issue
If you would like more information or wish to speak to a member of the Council's Streetscene team, please contact us:
Telephone: 01789 260616
Fax: 01789 260607