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Abandoned Vehicle

If a vehicle is abandoned and all efforts to get the owner to collect it fail there is a procedure under the Torts (Interference with Goods) Act 1977 to dispose of the vehicle.

This page will allow you to download a FREE Tort Notice, which can be place on any abandoned vehicle on private land. If the vehicle remains abandoned for more than 28 days after serving the notice, you can proceed to STEP 2 and pay for its removal.

We advise you to check the following before carying out the steps below

Check MOT & TAX Check insurance



You may wish to use the Tort Notice as a simple deterrent, if so, feel free to follow
STEP 1 below.

STEP 1: Issue vehicle with TORT notice

Download and attach the FREE 28 days Tort Notice to any abandoned vehicle on your private land. In most cases owners will often remove the vehicle themselves once they receive this notice, in fear that they may lose it. If after 28 days the vehicle remains abandoned, proceed to STEP 2.


Download Tort Notice

What is a TORT notice?

A TORT Notice is a legal document which can be served to the owner of an item which is left abandoned on private land. The Torts (Interference with Goods) Act 1977 allows landlords to sell or dispose of goods, if reasonable efforts to trace the owner fail.

Useful Checks

A vehicle should only be removed (STEP 2.) if it is of an abandoned condition. Things which would indicate a vehicle was abandoned are:

  • Is the vehicle untaxed? (please note that tax discs are being phased out) please check MOT, TAX & insurance status by using the link at the top of this page.
  • Are any of the tyres flat or have any of the wheels been removed?
  • Is the windscreen or any of the windows broken?
  • Is there any mould on either the inside or outside of the vehicle?
  • Does the vehicle contain rubbish?
  • Is there rubbish under the vehicle, indicating that it has not moved for some time?
  • Does the vehicle have number plates?
  • Has the vehicle been 'hot-wired ' (are there wires hanging from the dashboard)?
  • Has the vehicle been vandalised?
  • Is it a vehicle that you and your neighbours have never seen before and that no one is claiming ownership of?

Vehicle Removal

Vehicle Removal

If you are keen to have the vehicle removed, you can either choose to proceed with STEP 2, or you may wish to use your local council.

Please Note. (STEP 2) is only available within the Greater London area. If you are based outside of this area, please use the link below to use your Local Authority. This link gives you the option to your local council, however in most cases they will either charge £50 or in some cases be unable to offer the service on private land.
https://www.gov.uk/report-abandoned-vehicle

STEP 2: Order vehicle removal

Cost: £19.99

Only proceed if the below statements apply:

  • The vehicle is on my/our private land?
  • The vehicle is of an abandoned condition?
  • The TORT Notice was served over 28 days ago and the owner has not moved it or made contact?
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The Vehicle

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Declaration

I confirm that I give authority to remove and dispose of the above vehicle. I have served the owner with a 28 day Tort Notice for leaving the vehicle abandoned on my private land, which has been place on the vehicle windscreen. I can also confirm the condition of the vehicle is of an abandoned nature. Tick to confirm