Report an abandoned vehicle

Find out how to report an abandoned vehicle.

Before you start

Check the vehicle's tax and MOT information.

Check if a vehicle is taxed on the GOV.UK website.

If the vehicle has a valid tax, statutory off road notification (SORN) or MOT it won't be considered abandoned (regardless of its condition) and can't be investigated.

How to report an abandoned vehicle

If a vehicle is untaxed or SORN and used or kept on the road, you can report it to the DVLA.

Report an untaxed vehicle to the DVLA.

What happens next

We won't investigate an untaxed vehicle if it has a valid MOT or uplift a vehicle (even if it causes an obstruction) unless we've made official enquiries to trace the owner first.

Our enquiries can take time and we need to know and demonstrate to the DVLA that there's no ownership of the vehicle and that it's been abandoned by the owner.

Some vehicles can have significant value and can't be classed as abandoned because it's in a poor condition, untaxed or without MOT. However, this information may help us to prove that the vehicle has been abandoned.

Last modified on 19th May 2020

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