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How do I report an abandoned vehicle?

Before reporting a vehicle as abandoned, please check if a vehicle is taxed and has a current MOT certificate (opens new window) - you will need the registration number of the vehicle to use this facility. If a vehicle is in good condition with a valid MOT and vehicle tax, it will not be considered as abandoned and will not be investigated.

If you discover from this online check that a vehicle is not taxed, GOV.UK gives information on how to report an untaxed vehicle (opens new window) anonymously to the DVLA.

A vehicle may be considered abandoned if:

  • It is in poor condition
  • It has been vandalised (eg broken windows, slashed/flat tyres or is burnt out)
  • It is hazardous
  • It has been left in a dangerous position
  • It has not been moved for a long time
  • It does not appear to have an owner

If the vehicle meets some of the above criteria, and you have checked, where possible, its tax and MOT status, complete our Report an abandoned vehicle form.

Last modified on 02 March 2022

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