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Abandoned vehicles

A car being towed away

​We can only remove abandoned vehicles in a number of situations.

We can remove abandoned vehicles if;

  • they have no valid tax disc; and 
  • the owner is unknown; and 
  • they are on council owned land

We issue enforcement notices before removing vehicles, unless it is the police who have asked us to remove it.

Where we cannot help;

  • if a vehicle has been abandoned on private property, please contact the landowner initially
  • if a vehicle has no tax disc, it is not necessarily abandoned. We have no power to remove untaxed vehicles that have not been abandoned. Please report any tax disc offences to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) on 0800 032 5202
  • parked vehicles causing a danger

If a vehicle is badly parked, or has been in the same position for some time, it may not necessarily have been abandoned. We cannot act in such cases. If, however, it is dangerous, please report it to the police.

Contact us



01454 868000

Department for Environment and Community Services
PO Box 299
Civic Centre,
High Street
BS15 0DR