We are under a legal duty to investigate and remove vehicles from any land forming part of the highway or in the open air if they are deemed to have been unlawfully abandoned.
This duty does not extend to the requirement to remove any vehicle, where the costs to do so are unreasonably high.
Abandoned vehicles will usually display the following characteristics-
- burnt out
- damaged/missing locks or windows
- doors unlocked/open
- flat tyres/missing wheels
- accumulation of waste within the vehicle
- poor vehicle condition for example damaged/missing parts/bodywork poor condition
- stationary for a significant amount of time (at least 30 days), unless other characteristics are present
- litter present underneath or waste stored inside the vehicle
- mould present inside or outside the vehicle
- missing number plates
- vehicle fluids leaking on the highway for example oil or brake fluids
The above list is provided for guidance purposes only. Vehicle may not necessarily have to be displaying the full list to be considered abandoned.
We are unlikely to remove a vehicle that is taxed and in good condition unless there is strong evidence to confirm the vehicle is abandoned.
To report an abandoned vehicle please complete the online form below. If you have any evidence, you can also attach this to the form to assist with our investigation.
You cannot use this form to report -
- vehicles illegally parked
- suspected stolen vehicles or dangerously or recklessly parked vehicles - please contact Humberside Police on 101
- obstruction or parking disputes
- caravans or trailers on the highway
- vehicles left in -
- council garages
- parking areas
- estate land
Further information can be found below on
Abandoned vehicles removed by the council
Abandoned vehicles removed by us will be notified to Humberside Police. We will also write to the registered keeper of the vehicle at the address the vehicle is registered with the DVLA confirming -
- reasons for the vehicle been seized
- how to recover the vehicle
- information that must be provided to recover the vehicle
- charges to be paid for the release of the vehicle
- any other enforcement action to be taken
Vehicles not claimed within 30 days of removal by the registered keeper may be -
- or otherwise disposed
Voluntary surrender of unwanted vehicles
If you have a vehicle you no longer require we can collect and dispose of this without charge under our free take-back scheme.
Access the online form below to surrender your vehicle.
You will need to provide proof of who you are and that you are the owner or registered keeper of the vehicle
Untaxed vehicles removed by the DVLA
If your vehicle has been clamped or removed due to it being untaxed and you are the registered keeper, do not contact us and only contact the DVLA.
If you wish to report a vehicle just for not having a valid Vehicle Excise Licence (commonly referred to as road tax), do not contact us. You can report this directly online to the DVLA.
Nuisance parking and stolen vehicles
If you wish to report a vehicle that you suspect -
- has been stolen
- is causing a nuisance because of the way it is parked
- is obstructing the highway
do not report this to us and instead, contact Humberside Police on the non-emergency number 101.
If you have evidence to help us take action against persons responsible for abandoned vehicles this may result in -
- £200 fixed penalty
- recovery of costs -
- disposal of vehicles
- prosecution and a maximum penalty of £2,500