There is no legal definition of an 'abandoned vehicle' but the list below shows some of the criteria our inspectors consider.
Tax disc changes
From 1 October 2014, vehicles are no longer issued with, nor required to display a tax disc in the windscreen of the vehicle. Vehicles still need to be taxed to be on the public road. These details can be checked online using the GOV.UK Vehicle Enquiry tool.
A vehicle doesn't need all of these characteristics to be considered abandoned:
- Whether taxed or not
- Doors open/unlocked
- Flat tyres/missing wheels
- Windows open/broken
- Burnt out
- Rusty brake discs
- Containing waste
- Significant damage
- Mould on the inside
- Stationary for a significant time
- Missing one or more plates
- Location of vehicle
- Details of vehicle held by DVLA
- Status of land where vehicle is located
Report an abandoned vehicle
Please note that just because a vehicle is poorly parked or is not believed to belong to a resident of the road does not mean it is abandoned. Vehicles are no longer required to display a tax disc.
Claim a vehicle that has been deemed abandoned
To claim your vehicle that has been deemed abandoned, you need to provide evidence of ownership. Evidence must be produced within an agreed timescale or the vehicle will be removed to safe storage.
Report an abandoned bicycle or trolley
It is the responsibility of supermarkets and stores that provide trolleys for their customers to collect any stray trolleys. Please report these to the nearest appropriate store.
Dispose of a vehicle
We will remove and dispose of an unwanted vehicle free of charge as long as the vehicle is located in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and the owner is a resident in any of the 32 London boroughs.
Up to: Vehicles
Updated: 04 November 2020