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How to report an abandoned vehicle

About abandoned vehicles, including fines

Spotted an abandoned vehicle? Report an abandoned vehicle

The Department of the Environment Farming and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) offer no legal definition of abandonment. The following characteristics are generally common to assist local authority officers in making a decision on 'abandonment':

  • Untaxed vehicle
  • No current vehicle keeper on the DVLA records
  • Vehicle has been stationary for a period of time (at least 14 days to ensure vehicles have not just been parked up due to vacations)
  • Vehicle is significantly damaged or run-down
  • Vehicle has been set on fire
  • One or both number plates are missing
  • Vehicle contains waste/rubbish

The Clean Neighbourhood officers at the Borough Council will investigate and deal with vehicles abandoned on the highway, according to the DEFRA guidelines. If a vehicle is removed then it will be destroyed by an approved contractor on behalf of Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council.

We can remove abandoned vehicles on private land with the consent of the landowner.

The council is not responsible for the removal of vehicles that are obstructing pavements, driveways or the highway. This is dealt with by the police and can be reported by contacting them on 101.

The fine for the offence of abandoning a vehicle is: £200 (reduction for early payment if paid within 10 days: £160) (S2A(1) Refuse Disposal Amenity Act 1978).

Last updated: ‎24/10/2022 14:07