There are strict criteria that a vehicle must meet in order for us to consider it as abandoned. If a vehicle meets the criteria and does appear to be abandoned we will work with the DVLA to identify the owner.
We may serve a penalty notice giving the owner between 24 hours and 7 days to remove it (depending on the condition of the vehicle).
If a vehicle is assessed as being in a dangerous condition, ie burnt out or a wreck, it will be removed immediately.
To report an abandoned vehicle, visit our Self Service pages.
If you abandon a vehicle you could receive a fixed penalty of £200 or face prosecution, so you should consider scrapping it or donate it to charity.
Please note: If a vehicle is taxed and has a valid MOT then it is unlikely to be considered abandoned. Please use the Government MOT status checker to check the status of a vehicle.
Where a vehicle is dangerously parked, you should call the police on 101.
To report a vehicle that is untaxed or uninsured, please contact the DVLA.