Abandoned vehicles

How we will respond

Councils must remove abandoned vehicles from

  • any council owned land
  • roads to which the public have access

When removing a vehicle from land in the open air, authorities

  • cannot charge the landowner occupier
  • must give the landowner or occupier 15 days’ notice that they propose to remove the vehicle
  • cannot remove the vehicle if the landowner or occupier objects during the notice period

The 15 day notice period does not apply if the vehicle is abandoned on a road or highway.

Where a report is accepted an officer will visit to assess the vehicle. Where it is assessed as being abandoned we will contact any registered keeper.

If there is no response from the registered keeper and the vehicle remains in situ. After a reasonable period of time, our authorised contractor will remove and dispose of it.

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