A vehicle is only abandoned 'where it appears to a local authority that a motor vehicle is abandoned without lawful authority…' (Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978). This means that a vehicle is deemed abandoned when an authorised officer at the Council decides that it is abandoned, usually after investigation.
The following characteristics are generally common to abandoned vehicles and will be taken into consideration when deciding that a vehicle is abandoned:
Many vehicles that are reported do not fulfil enough of these criteria and the authorised officer cannot deem it abandoned. However, if the vehicle is causing a problem, it could be classified as a nuisance vehicle.
A nuisance vehicle is not an abandoned vehicle and could be, for instance:
In those instances, we will make every effort to find the owner and discuss any problems that their vehicle is causing.
The Council will remove abandoned vehicles from the highway and from Council-owned land.
If you wish to report an suspected abandoned vehicle you will need to have the following information: