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Abandoned vehicles

Report an abandoned vehicle

We can only remove abandoned vehicles if:

  • they have no valid road tax ; 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 is not taxed, it is not necessarily abandoned. We have no power to remove untaxed vehicles that have not been abandoned. Please report any road tax offences to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)
  • parked vehicles causing a danger – these should be reported to the police

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.

Questions and facts about abandoned vehicles

A vehicle has been left in your street for days, it may have been abandoned

We can only remove the vehicle if its owner is unknown and the vehicle untaxed. If the vehicle belongs to a neighbour and it has a valid tax then it does not meet the criteria of an abandoned vehicle and we are unable  to remove it.

Your neighbour owns the vehicle but never uses it and it is untaxed

We have no powers to remove the vehicle because it does not meet the criteria of an abandoned vehicle. It is a matter for the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

Vehicles abandoned in car parks

If the car park belongs to South Gloucestershire Council then we can remove the vehicle. If the car park is privately owned it is the landowner’s responsibility to have the vehicle removed. If the vehicle is in a dangerous condition please contact the police by calling 101 who can deal with it under the Road Traffic Act.

A vehicle that has been abandoned on private land

It is the landowner’s responsibility to have the vehicle removed from privately owned land. If the vehicle is in a dangerous condition, please contact the police by calling 101.

An abandoned vehicle in a residents’ parking area in a council-owned housing area

Please contact your local housing office.

Charges for the removal of an abandoned vehicle

If we remove an abandoned vehicle we will charge the registered keeper £155.00 for its removal and disposal.

You have received an invoice for the removal and disposal of an abandoned vehicle but you are no longer the owner

It is your responsibility to inform the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) of change of ownership. It is possible that you may have informed the DVLA of change of ownership but their records have not been updated. If you are no longer the owner of the vehicle you must put it in writing to us and include the name and address of the person who took possession of the vehicle. Please enclose any evidence that may support your case.


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