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Abandoned Vehicles

 

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Check if a vehicle is taxed

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The Council operates a service to investigate alleged abandoned vehicles and, if appropriate to arrange for their removal.

This process is carried out under the legislation from the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978.

A vehicle which has been deemed abandoned, depending on its circumstances, will be removed to storage and where possible a notice will be sent to the registered keeper giving a specific time period of 7 days in which to claim ownership. Following this period, if the vehicle is not claimed it will subsequently be disposed of.

 

REMEMBER: Abandoning a vehicle is a criminal offence and you could be prosecuted. The offence carries a maximum fine of £2,500 or 3 months imprisonment.

 

What is an abandoned vehicle?

There is no legal definition of ‘abandoned’ and this guidance does not seek to create one. Local authority officers have the freedom to use their discretion when making decisions on abandonment. ABV 2

However, the following characteristics are generally common to abandoned vehicles and one or more of the following could assist a local authority officer in making a decision on abandonment.

(a) Untaxed, with

(b) No current vehicle keeper on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency’s (DVLA) record

(c) Stationary for a significant amount of time

(d) Significantly damaged, run down or unroadworthy

(e) Burned out

(f) Lacking one or more of its number plates

(g) Containing waste

This is not an exhaustive list and a vehicle would not have to be displaying the full list to be considered abandoned.

 

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What happens after a suspected abandoned vehicle is reported?

The Council will inspect any vehicle reported, but will only remove a vehicle if the Investigating Officer is satisfied that the vehicle is abandoned in accordance with set criteria. In making this decision the Investigating Officer will consider a range of factors such as the age and condition of the vehicle, whether it is displaying valid tax, and anything that indicates that the vehicle is not in regular use. 
The Council will not normally remove a vehicle that is taxed and in good condition unless there is strong evidence that it has not been in use for a long time and has been left on the highway or on private land without permission of the landowner/Highways Department.  

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