When is a vehicle considered abandoned?
There is no legal definition of an 'abandoned vehicle'. A vehicle can only be considered to be abandoned by us or the Police when it fulfils some or all of the following criteria:
- if the vehicle appears to be damaged or unroadworthy;
- if it isn't showing a valid tax disc, or is kept on the road whilst registered with a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification);
- if the vehicle has been stationary for a significant period of time;
- if it is parked in an area that is considered dangerous to pedestrians and other road users;
- if it has flat tyres or missing wheels;
- if there is waste inside or outside the vehicle;
- if it is missing one or both of its registration plates;
- if the owner or keeper cannot be identified, or fails to respond to a legal notice.
Just because a vehicle is displaying an expired tax disc, is poorly parked, or is not believed to belong to a resident in the road does not mean it is abandoned.
Report an untaxed vehicle to the DVLA on GOV.UK.
To report a vehicle:
- Contact: Police Control Room
- Telephone: 101
The police have the power to immediately remove any vehicle left in a position causing a danger or obstruction, particularly on the highway.
To tell us all the necessary details you can either:
What we do
- If a member of the public reports an abandoned vehicle to us our Community Warden will investigate the status of the vehicle. If our enquires indicate that the vehicle may have been abandoned we will attempt to contact the owner to advise them on a course of action which may lead to its removal.
- If we are unable to identify the owner, which can take some time, then we would look to take enforcement action and may issue a 24 hour or 7 day statutory notice to remove the vehicle, depending on its location. On expiry of this time period we would remove and dispose of the vehicle.
- We may recover costs incurred in removing, storing and disposing of the vehicle from the owner or land owner as necessary.
For further information or advice:
- Contact: Community Warden
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: 01768 817817
- Fax: 01768 890732
- Address: Eden District Council, Mansion House, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7YG