Nuisance vehicles can consist of vehicles on the highway that are being -
- advertised or exposed for sale
Vehicles involved with this activity may cause a nuisance to the local community in a variety of ways, for example –
- taking up valuable parking spaces
- damaging the highway
- causing obstruction of the highway
- contribute to antisocial behaviour
- affect the local environment quality
If this is found to take place it may result in enforcement action. This may be taken against the business responsible, or owner of the vehicles.
This does not include the removal of any nuisance vehicles.
Restricted works on vehicles
Restricted work must not be carried out on any vehicle on the Highway, by any business or person for financial gain or reward. Restricted work includes but is not limited to -
- improvement or dismantling of vehicles
If repairs to a vehicle are necessary following any accident or breakdown they should be done within 72 hours and any litter and waste should be removed and disposed of in accordance with the law.
If works are unable to be completed within this period, the vehicle should be removed from the highway (or arrangements made with a recovery agent if unable to be driven safely) and placed on private land.
Although this is not aimed at individuals carrying out restricted works on vehicles, if this takes place and it is found to give reasonable cause of annoyance to persons within the vicinity, enforcement action may be taken.
Advertising and exposing vehicles for sale
In certain locations garages and other businesses may place cars for sale on the highway, or in a lay-by for extended periods of time. If this takes place enforcement action may be taken if two or more vehicles are exposed or advertised for sale on the highway.
This provision is not intended to be aimed at individuals selling cars privately on the highway. It is recognised persons may at one time or another wish to sell vehicles on the highway, but it is expected that this will only happen on rare occasions.
If an individual is found to be selling higher numbers of vehicles on the highway, we may contact those involved and request they show that they are not acting for the purposes of a business.
If you are an individual intending to sell a vehicle on the highway we recommend you ensure -
- your vehicle registration document (V5) is up to date to confirm the registered keeper of the vehicle
- it does not obstruct the highway or cause a nuisance
- you give consideration to parking for others in the local community
- your vehicle is insured and has a valid MOT certificate
- your vehicle has a valid vehicle excise licence
If you have contacted the DVLA and confirmed you have taken your vehicle off the highway through a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) you must not store it on the highway.
Report nuisance vehicles
You can report nuisance vehicles to us using the form below.
Any information we ask you to provide will only be used to help us to take action against the person responsible. If you have photos relating to the issue you are reporting, you will be given the opportunity to provide us with these when completing the form below.
If you are reporting nuisance vehicles on private land please note that enforcement action may not be able to be taken, however we may refer your request to other teams to respond, for example where the activity is causing a noise nuisance.
You cannot use the below form to report the following -
- parking complaints within the following areas -
- disabled parking
- vehicles causing obstruction to highway users
- neighbour disputes
- individual vehicles being sold on one location by different owners
- works resulting from an emergency or accident
- nuisance vehicles on housing land for example council garages or open spaces
Selling vehicles on the highway
If you are a dealer or business involved with the sale of second hand goods such as vehicles and you wish to trade in Hull, you are legally required under the Humberside Act 1982 to register with us.
We do not recommend the purchasing of vehicles advertised for sale on the highway, especially from unknown persons.
If you are buying a used car privately, you should always deal with the person at their address or at a garage. You should never buy a car without being shown the log book for that vehicle.
For further details on carrying out repairs to or the exposure/sale of vehicles on the highway you can access the legislation on GOV.UK via the below link.
If a parking space is available on the highway, even if it is directly outside someone else’s property, any vehicle is permitted to park in it. This can be frustrating, especially if spaces are hard to come by on your street, but is not a matter that should be reported to us, or the police.
We are also unable to respond to poorly parked vehicles.
If you feel any vehicle is causing a danger or obstruction, contact the police on 101.
If you wish to report any vehicles parked in breach of local parking regulations, for example on double yellow lines, not displaying a residents parking permit please report this to parking enforcement using the below form -
You should report vehicles you suspect of having been stolen, or involved in a crime, to Humberside Police by calling 101.
If you have evidence to help us take action against persons responsible for nuisance vehicles, this may result in -
- £100 fixed penalty
- prosecution and a maximum penalty of £2,500
Voluntary surrender of unwanted vehicles
If you have a vehicle you no longer require we collect and dispose of this without charge under our free take back scheme. You can do this by using the form below to surrender your vehicle.
For this service to be provided you need to provide us with proof to confirm your identity and that you are the owner/registered keeper of the vehicle.