If you suspect a vehicle has been abandoned, please check to see if it has road tax and MOT:
What is an abandoned vehicle?
An abandoned vehicle:
- has no registered keeper on DVLA's database and is untaxed
- doesn’t have a valid MOT
- has been stationary for a significant amount of time
- is burnt out and owner is not known locally
- is significantly damaged, run down or unroadworthy, (for example, has flat tyres, missing wheels or broken windows)
- the number plates are missing
Report an abandoned vehicle
What happens after you report an abandoned vehicle to us
- try to contact the owner
- leave a notice on the vehicle warning it'll be removed if no one claims it
- remove it after this time - we will take it to the compound or destroy it
Disposal of an abandoned vehicle
We can dispose of an abandoned vehicle immediately if either of the following applies:
- it’s only fit to be destroyed
- it has no number plates or tax disc
In all other cases, we must try to find the vehicle owner if we can.
If we find the owner, we must give the owner at least 7 days’ written notice to collect the vehicle before disposing of it. We must return a vehicle to its owner if the owner claims it and pays any costs of removal, storage and disposal.
If the owner cannot be found, or fails to comply with a notice to collect the vehicle, we may dispose of the vehicle.
We can dispose of an abandoned vehicle as we see fit. For example, we can sell it at auction or have it destroyed at an authorised treatment facility.
Penalty or prosecution
We can penalise people who abandon vehicles or parts of vehicles on roads or land in the open air by either:
- issuing a fixed penalty notice of £200
- prosecuting them
We can also choose to reclaim the costs of removal, storage and disposal.
Report related issues
- an untaxed vehicle on a public road
- a vehicle registered as off the road (SORN) and on a public road
A vehicle with no MOT being used on a public road
If you have checked that a vehicle’s MOT is not valid and it is being used on a public road you can report this to your local police force. In Wrexham this is North Wales Police (external link).
A vehicle blocking a public road or footpath
Call the police non-emergency number on 101 and report it as dangerous and obstructive parking.
A vehicle that is on fire or being vandalised
Call the police on 999.