Report an abandoned vehicle

You can report a dumped car, van, lorry, motorbike, caravan, trailer or boat on a public road or on your land. 

Before you start

If the vehicle is parked on a council housing estate, please contact the local housing hub

The vehicle may not be abandoned if the tax or MOT has recently been renewed. Make sure you have checked the DVLA website to see if a vehicle is taxed

You will need

We will need to know the following information about the vehicle to be able to deal with the problem:

  • vehicle location
  • make and model
  • registration number
  • colour of the vehicle
  • whether there are any flat tyres, missing wheels, rusty brake discs or broken windows
  • whether there is mould within the vehicle
  • whether the vehicle has been stationary for some time
  • whether the vehicle contains any waste
  • whether the vehicle has any missing number plates
  • whether the vehicle is burnt out (immediate removal)
  • whether the vehicle is significantly damaged, run down or appears un-roadworthy

Uploading supporting documents

We may ask you to upload some documents; A photo of the vehicle, if you have one.    

  • Accepted file types: Word (docx), Acrobat (pdf), Excel (xlsx), Plain text (txt) 
  • Zip files can't be uploaded 
  • We also accept photos taken on phones and tablets and the following image file types - jpeg, gif, png  
  • There is a maximum individual file size per document of 50MB. 

What happens next

An inspector will aim to look into your report within 5 working days. If it has been abandoned, we will arrange to remove it. 

We will give the registered keeper a chance to claim the vehicle before towing it away. This may take a few weeks. 

We will contact you if we have any questions.

We will not tell anyone that you reported this.

This form should take approximately 6 minutes to complete.

Report an abandoned vehicle