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
You may wish to use the Tort Notice as a simple deterrent, if so, feel free to follow
STEP 1 below.
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.
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.
A vehicle should only be removed (STEP 2.) if it is of an abandoned condition. Things which would indicate a vehicle was abandoned are:
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.
Only proceed if the below statements apply: