Shropshire Council

Abandoned vehicles

All vehicles that are considered to be abandoned are dealt with using the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978 and the Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act 2005 which contain relevant legislation that is used to remove abandoned vehicles from public highway.

Report an abandoned vehicle »

Our team will then act as follows:

First visit

  • Enforcement officer visits the targeted vehicle to confirm that in their opinion the vehicle has been abandoned. Where doubt exists a planned monitoring phase is arranged to determine use of the vehicle. Usually one calendar week
  • Photos are taken and an abandoned vehicle assessment report sheet is completed
  • The recording of relevant dates, times etc are made in officer's pocket notebooks
  • If the vehicle is suspected as being abandoned, the officer will affix a seven day removal notice on the vehicle
  • DVLA search will be undertaken to ascertain the registered keeper's details and notice of intention to remove sent
  • If the vehicle is severely damaged or is assessed as a health and safety risk, the visiting officer can immediately order the vehicle to be removed for disposal

Second visit

If the vehicle hasn't moved within the period of the seven day notice, and no response has been received to the letter of enquiry, the targeted vehicle will be immediately marked for collection and subsequent disposal by our authorised contractor.

Untaxed vehicles

Taxed vehicles are not classed as an abandoned vehicle. These should be reported to DVLA and the Police.

Untaxed vehicles can be reported:

Lost and stolen

Before any vehicle is sent for disposal or sold, all abandoned vehicles are checked with the police to ensure that they aren't lost or stolen.