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Problem vehicles (including abandoned and untaxed vehicles)

How do I know if a vehicle is abandoned?

How do I report an abandoned vehicle?

Is abandoning a vehicle a crime?

Do police take action over abandoned vehicles?

What happens after the vehicle has been reported?

Which vehicles can be removed from the road?

Problem vehicle reports

Mansfield District Council and Nottinghamshire Police get reports in relation to problem vehicles within the district of Mansfield. The district council will deal with those that are abandoned, or where the tax has expired.

Here at the district council, we have a legal duty to remove vehicles that have been abandoned on roads, on council owned land and on 'any land in the open air.'

Our team of Neighbourhood Wardens investigate reports of abandoned, dumped and untaxed vehicles.

How do I know if a vehicle is abandoned?

Tell-tale signs include:

  • One or more flat tyres

  • Missing number plates

  • Broken windscreen or windows

  • Presence of litter or weeds under the vehicle - it shows that it's not been moved for a long time

  • Rusty brake discs - it shows that it has been in the same position for a long time

  • Presence of rubbish such as tyres inside the vehicle

  • Whether the vehicle is taxed - motorists no longer get a tax disc to display on their windscreen. Did you know though that anyone can check online whether a car has been taxed by visiting www.vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk

    Local authorities must assess if a motor vehicle is abandoned and if it is more likely if one or more of the above applies.

How do I report an abandoned vehicle?

  • If you think a vehicle is abandoned please report it us using our online form.
  • If it's not been taxed, you can report it on the DVLA website. 
  • If you think the vehicle is stolen, you should report it to the police.

Is abandoning a vehicle a crime?

Yes. Under the Refuse Disposal Amenity Act 1978, anyone found guilty of abandoning a vehicle faces a maximum fine of £2,500 or three month's imprisonment or both.

Do the police take action over abandoned vehicles?

The police can remove any vehicle which is in breach of local traffic regulation orders, is causing an obstruction or likely to cause a danger, or which is broken down or abandoned without lawful authority.

What happens after the vehicle has been reported?

Under the law (the Refuse Disposal Amenity Act 1978) a notice is placed on abandoned vehicles. Where we are able to identify a registered keeper we will write to them giving them seven days to respond. If no registered keeper is found a seven-day notice is placed on abandoned vehicles on a public road and a 15-day notice placed on abandoned vehicles on private land. Within 24 hours of the end of the notice, the vehicle will be removed if it's likely to cause a danger if left where it is.

If the car is legally parked and is not causing any obstruction, no action will be taken.

Which vehicles can be removed from the road?

The council can only investigate vehicles once the tax has run out after two months and one day.

Problem vehicle reports

pdf icon Problem vehicles 2012-2017 [189kb]

 

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