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Abandoned and nuisance vehicles

The changing price of scrap metal means that abandoned vehicles continue to be a problem. 

It is a criminal offence to abandon a motor vehicle, or any part of, on land in the open air or on a highway. It can lead to a fine of up to £2,500 and/or three months in prison. 

Alternatively, a fixed penalty notice may be issued by the local authority. This is a one-off payment of £200.

Many vehicles reported as abandoned are instead untaxed, or badly parked. A vehicle may be in poor condition, or untaxed, but this does not mean it has been abandoned. Additional enquiries may have to be made before the Council can remove it. 


Report an abandoned vehicle

What are the duties of the Local Authority?

Removal of abandoned vehicles

Nuisance vehicles

Disposing of your old car

What should I do if I sell my car?