Abandoned and untaxed vehicles

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. Vehicles 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/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 -

Report an abandoned vehicle

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 -

Vehicles not claimed within 30 days of removal by the registered keeper may be - 

  • sold
  • destroyed
  • or otherwise disposed


If you have evidence to help us to act against persons responsible for abandoned vehicles this may result in -

  • £200 fixed penalty
  • recovery of costs -
    • recovery
    • storage
    • disposal of vehicles
  • prosecution and a maximum penalty of £2,500

How to pay a fixed penalty

Visit our payments page to pay your penalty charge