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Abandoned vehicles

If you suspect a vehicle has been abandoned, please check to see if it has road tax and MOT by entering the registration number and make on

Check if a vehicle is taxed and has an MOT -

If it has road tax, MOT and  there are no parking restrictions where it is parked on the road, we probably won't be able to treat is as an abandoned vehicle.

What is an abandoned vehicle

An abandoned vehicle:

  • has no registered keeper on DVLA's database and is untaxed
  • has been stationary for a significant amount of time
  • is burnt out and owner is not known locally
  • is significantly damaged, run down or unroadworthy for example has  flat tyres, missing wheels or broken windows
  • The number plates are missing

Check if a vehicle is taxed and has an MOT -

How to report an abandoned vehicle


What to do

Untaxed vehicle on a public road

Report an untaxed vehicle on

Vehicle registered as off the road (SORN) and on a public road

Report an untaxed vehicle on

Abandoned vehicle on private land - includes private land that is accessible and open to the public

  1. try to find the owner through the DVLA: Request information about a vehicle or its registered keeper from DVLA
  2. Call the police on 101 to see if they're interested in the vehicle, for example if it's stolen
  3. Use our online form to Report an abandoned vehicle online

You need to tell us:

  • Your name and address
  • Information about the vehicle -  registration number, make, model, colour
  • Where the vehicle is abandoned
  • What actions you have taken so far

You can also call Environmental Services on 01483 523524.

Vehicle is blocking a public road or footpath

Call the police on 101

Vehicle is on fire or being vandalised

Call the police on 999

Vehicle is parked on double yellow lines or double parked

Contact Guildford Borough Council parking team - they are responsible for the enforcement of yellow lines and other formal parking restrictions on roads in Waverley:


Call: 01483 505050

What happens after you report an abandoned vehicle to us

We will:

  • try to contact the owner
  • leave a notice on the vehicle for 15 days, warning it'll be removed if no one claims it
  • remove it after this time - we will take it to the compound or destroy it.

Page owner: Paul Shrimpton. Last updated: 14/08/2020 07:48

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