Abandoned and untaxed vehicles

Abandoned vehicle guidelines

Abandoning a vehicle can result in a fine or prosecution. The list below will help you determine if a vehicle is abandoned. Please note this is not a guarantee.

  • has the vehicle been parked without moving a minimum of 4 weeks?
  • are there any flat tyres or removed wheels?
  • is the windscreen or any of the windows broken?
  • is the vehicle mouldy or rusty?
  • is there waste inside the vehicle?

Vehicles that are not classed as abandoned

  • if your neighbour has gone on holiday or you are in dispute with them
  • if parked across your driveway; this is known as an obstruction

Report an abandoned vehicle

We will ask you for details as listed below. If they are not provided we might not be able to carry out an inspection:

  • the exact location
  • registration number
  • make of the vehicle
  • colour
  • brief description of the state of the vehicle

Report an abandoned vehicle


  • All abandoned vehicle reports received by the us will be investigated.
  • We will try to contact the last registered keeper and advise them that their vehicle has been left in an abandoned state.
  • If after contacting the registered keeper and the vehicle still remains unmoved or the condition unchanged when re-checked, it will be removed and stored for 28 days.
  • If the vehicle remains unclaimed after 28 days, it will be destroyed.

  • We must have permission from the land owner as we will have to go on to the property to investigate it. We will contact the land owner if we need to.
  • If the owner of private land contacts the council regarding an abandoned vehicle we will request an abandoned vehicle notice be placed on the vehicle and a £25 administration fee paid. 
  • Once the administration fee is paid and we have received pictures of the vehicle showing the notice, we will start the process of contacting the registered keeper of the vehicle with a view of removing it if no response is received.

  • Every vehicle registered in the United Kingdom must be taxed if used or kept on a public road.
  • If the vehicle is kept off-road it must either be taxed or have a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN).
  • If not it could be clamped or removed without notice by either us or the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

We can only discuss a vehicle with the registered owner. If we don't have your vehicle we will advise you to contact the police. Before claiming your vehicle you should contact us with these details:

  • car registration.
  • where it was parked when we claimed it.
  • proof of ownership such as the log book or a receipt.

If you plan to drive the vehicle away it has to be road legal which means that you must have the following:

  • valid MOT certificate
  • valid car insurance
  • valid car tax
  • driver must have a full and valid driving licence

If you do not have any of the above then you will need to contact us for advice on 020 8554 5000.


  • There will be a charge to reclaim your vehicle and the amount will depend on the circumstances.
  • The charge increases on a daily basis. You should try to reclaim the vehicle as soon as you can.
  • If you have provided all of the information we need and are willing to make the full payment we can arrange a pick up for you.
  • You can usually collect it within 24 hours (excluding weekends) of contacting us.
  • You will need to take the relevant documentation and payment with you for collection. 

Can you tell me where my vehicle is?

Unfortunately we cannot tell you where your vehicle is unless you have paid for the return of it.

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