Abandoned vehicles

Spotting an abandoned vehicle

Characteristics of an abandoned vehicle may include:

  • untaxed or no valid MOT certificate
  • stationary for a lengthy amount of time
  • significant damage to vehicle’s bodywork
  • open / broken windows or windscreen
  • doors open / unlocked
  • flat tyres or missing wheels
  • other signs of vandalism
  • burnt out
  • missing one or more number plates
  • containing waste or other items not consistent with day-to-day use
  • mouldy and unkempt interior and / or exterior
  • status of land on which the vehicle is located
  • deteriorating in condition over time

Please note: this is not a definitive list on which an inspecting officer may base any decision as to whether a vehicle is deemed abandoned.