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Abandoned Vehicles

We have a statutory duty to remove and dispose of motor vehicles abandoned on open land.

This duty applies to private open land, however, there is no authority to remove a vehicle from private land if the owner of the land objects. With this in mind please note if you are reporting a vehicle that is on private land we will need written permission from the landowner before taking any further action.

A local authority may also refuse to remove a vehicle from private land if the cost of bringing the vehicle to the public highway would be unreasonably high.

Following receipt of notification of an abandoned vehicle, the vehicle will be visited and a 24 hour or seven day notice will be placed on the vehicle if it is deemed abandoned. After the expiry of the statutory period we will remove the vehicle to temporary storage at the Contractors yard while enquiries regarding ownership are completed. Once we have completed the enquiries with DVLA and written to the last registered owner, the vehicle may be destroyed.

If you would like to report an abandoned vehicle, you can do so by completing our Report an Abandoned Vehicle form.

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