Abandoned Vehicles

Abandoned Vehicle

Every year Bassetlaw District Council investigates numerous reports of abandoned vehicles. Some of these turn out to be genuinely abandoned and have to be removed and destroyed after enquiries into their ownership.

It is important that you have the following details available when you report it to us:-

  • Is the vehicle taxed?
  • The exact location of the vehicle
  • The vehicle make, model and colour
  • The vehicle registration number

Please note that if the vehicle is taxed, it is not technically abandoned.

Untaxed vehicles that are on public roads are not the responsibility of the local authority and should be reported through to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). For further assistance regarding untaxed vehicles please contact them on 0300 790 6802.

Penalties and Charges

Once ownership of an abandoned vehicle has been confirmed the Council will contact the registered owner to request that the vehicle is removed. If the vehicle has not been removed by the date specified, the Council will arrange for the vehicle to be removed.

This is likely to incur expenses for which the registered owner will be liable. There is currently a charge of £20 per day storage fees and an abandonment fee charge of £150. In addition to this, should the vehicle be disposed of there will be an additional £150 charge to the above and we reserve the right to claim for any administration costs incurred in the removal of the vehicle.

Under Government legislation the maximum penalty is currently £2500 and / or 3 months imprisonment.