Things You Need to Know
Abandoned vehicles are often involved in or are the subject of crimes, they are hazardous to the public and the environment and encourage vandalism and arson.
It has been demonstrated that through speedier collection of abandoned vehicles, vehicle arson is reduced, neighbourhoods are improved and there is a reduced fear of crime.
Common Characteristics of an Abandoned Vehicle
The following characteristics are generally common to abandoned vehicles and a combination of the following could assist in officers making a decision on abandonedment.
- Untaxed, with
- No current vehicle keeper on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's record
- Stationary for a significant amount of time
- Significantly damaged, run down or unroadworthy
- Burned out
- Lacking one or more of its number plates
- Containing waste
Ten ways to spot an abandoned car
- Does it look vandalised and/or fire damaged?
- Does it look unused and in poor condition?
- Has it been there for over a week?
- Is there a valid tax disc?
- Are the wheels or petrol cap missing?
- Have parts been removed or damaged? (e.g. broken windows or flat tyres)
- Has it been parked or abandoned in an isolated or unusual location?
- Is it a known area for abandoned vehicles?
- Have you seen anybody use it or act suspiciously around it?
- It is full of rubbish/hazardous material/ combustibles?
Charges made to registered keepers for removal of abandoned vehicles
Charge for removal of an abandoned vehicle £ 125.00
Charge for daily storage of an abandoned vehicle £15.00 per day
Charge for disposal of an abandoned vehicle £65.00
Removal of a Vehicle at an Owners request
Cars, vans and other motorised, taxable vehicles can be removed from private land (with landowner's permission), and at the owners request.
A charge of £45.00 inc vat is made for this service.