Abandoned vehicles

It is a criminal offence to abandon a motor vehicle on any land in the open air or on any other land forming part of the highway.

What is an abandoned vehicle?

An abandoned vehicle is one that:

  • is untaxed
  • has no current registered keeper
  • has been stationary for a significant amount of time
  • is significantly damaged, run down, unroadworthy or burned out
  • is lacking one or more of its number plates or contains waste
  • is dangerously parked - vehicles that are parked dangerously or causing an obstruction should be reported to the Police.

What action will the council take?

  • The council will deal with vehicles reported as abandoned on land in the open air maintained at public expense (and on private property upon request/authorisation).
  • Our aim is to inspect vehicles reported as abandoned within one working day of receiving a complaint and to remove vehicles that are unclaimed within two days of the notice period expiring.
  • A £200 fixed penalty Notice for abandoning a vehicle may be issued.
  • Nuisance/dangerous vehicles may be removed immediately for safety reasons.
  • If we consider a vehicle, caravan or trailer to be causing a nuisance, then we will take proportionate enforcement action.

How do I report an abandoned vehicle?

To report an abandoned vehicle please use the link on the right. You can also contact us using the details on the right. When reporting online the system will generate a web reference number, this is not a reporting reference number and you will not be able to match it against any reference numbers available on the tracking report.

How do I claim a vehicle?

  • We require proof of an individual’s identity and the vehicle log book (V5) to accept any claim of ownership.
  • The registered keeper details on the vehicle log book (V5) must match the claimants proven name and address.
  • No other form of documentation will be accepted as proof of ownership and we will not enter into any correspondence / communication with any person other than the registered keeper.
  • Removal, storage and other charges must be paid in advance of any vehicle authorised from release back to the owner/registered keeper. 

Untaxed vehicles

For untaxed vehicle reporting ring the DVLA on 0300 790 6802 or visit the Gov.uk website.



Report an abandoned vehicle

Useful links

Report an untaxed vehicle

The Removal and Disposal of Vehicles (Amendment) Regulations 1994

The Removal and Disposal of Vehicles (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2002

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Contact details

Environmental Services
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House

01438 242811