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Abandoned Vehicles

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abandoned cars

What is an abandoned vehicle?


The following characteristics are generally common to abandoned vehicles assisting Local Authority Officers in making a decision on abandonment:


  • An untaxed vehicle

  • No current vehicle keeper on the DVLA records

  • The vehicle has been stationary for a period of time, e.g. weed growth etc.

  • The vehicle is significantly damaged, run down or unroadworthy

  • The vehicle is burned out

  • One or both number plates are missing

  • The vehicle contains waste. 

Abandoned vehicles on private land

We can remove abandoned vehicles from private land, with the consent of the landowner.


Report It

Contact us by visiting our A to Z page.

As much of the following information should be provided when making a report:

  • Date
  • Exact location
  • Make and model
  • Registration (if any)
  • Colour
  • Whether taxed and the date on the disc
  • Your details, and any other information that may be relevant.

Leicester City Council investigates and deal with vehicles abandoned on the highway according to the Defra guidelines.

The procedure we follow allows the council to remove the vehicles from city streets quickly which means that anyone leaving a vehicle untaxed has little time to put this right.

If a vehicle is removed it will then be destroyed by an approved contractor on behalf of Leicester City Council.