What is an abandoned vehicle?

There is no legal definition of an abandoned vehicle, but it is reasonable to believe a vehicle is abandoned when no owner, or anyone who claims to own the vehicle, can be traced.

We have a duty to remove vehicles if we believe they have been abandoned, except where the cost would be unreasonably high, for example if specialist services would be needed.

Vehicles on private land will be investigated but take longer to deal with and we may not always be able to remove them.

We cannot deal with vehicles that are:

  • on major trunk roads, such as the A1/A14 (unless they are in a layby)

  • causing an obstruction

  • being driven illegally (without tax or insurance etc).

Please report these vehicles to the police.

How do I report an abandoned vehicle?

You can report an abandoned vehicle using the link below. We will need the following information:

  • the vehicle’s registration number, make, model and colour

  • the location of the vehicle

  • if the vehicle is taxed (you can check if a vehicle is taxed on the GOV.UK website)

  • your contact details so that we can keep you updated or get in touch if we need any further information.

Report an Abandoned Vehicle