Abandoned & Untaxed Vehicles

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Any parked car causing a traffic hazard or an illegally parked car which is not in an unsafe condition is a matter for the police, not the Council.

Some cars reported as 'abandoned' are not in fact abandoned; they are being used untaxed or are Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) and are being stored on the road. Vehicles that are declared SORN should be kept on private property, not on The Highway.

Untaxed Vehicles should be reported to the DVLA whereas Abandoned Vehicles should be reported to the Council for further investigation

Untaxed Vehicles

The DVLA are responsible for untaxed vehicles.

Tax discs are no longer required - The vehicle tax could be up to date even if it doesn't have a tax disc.

You can use the DVLA service to find out what information is held on its database about a vehicle. In order to make an enquiry you will need the vehicle registration mark (number plate) and the vehicle make.

Abandoned Vehicles

Many people are rightly concerned by the effect of abandoned cars on their street environment, the attraction of vandals, increased risk of other crime, risk of fire, and the general nuisance where parking is in short supply locally. DVLA information suggests that many abandoned cars have been operated unregistered, untaxed and probably uninsured without a valid MOT Certificate.

Any parked car causing a traffic hazard or an illegally parked car which is not in an unsafe condition is a matter for the police, not the Council.

The Council receives every week a significant number of reports of abandoned vehicles from members of the public. All cars reported to the Council are checked against DVLA records. These sometimes indicate that a car which looks abandoned is in fact registered and taxed but the disc not displayed in the screen. Most vehicles are Untaxed rather than Abandoned.

The Council can investigate and take action on abandoned vehicles. Examples include vehicles that;

  • have been vandalised
  • are burned-out
  • are in a dangerous condition
  • pose an environmental hazard*

*This also includes vehicles that are on privately owned land where the land is open and accessible to the public.