Abandoned vehicle can cause concern or a safety issue

This covers vehicles that appear to have been left by their owner, rather than stolen and abandoned.
It includes scrap or ‘end of life’ vehicles and those damaged at the scene of a road traffic collision that have been abandoned and aren’t awaiting recovery. If there are abandoned vehicles in your community, you can call BCP Council on 01202 123 456.

Who should I contact to tell them about the issue?

Bournemouth council website or the Gov website as below links.

Abandoned vehicles (bcpcouncil.gov.uk)


What information will they need to deal effectively with the issue?

  • The exact location of the vehicle.
  • The registration number.
  • The make, model and colour.
  • The date it was abandoned.

There are external sites available to public ref MOT and tax searches to ensure it is abandoned



Once I have told them what happens next?

Councils and National Parks authorities should deal with abandoned vehicles by finding the owners, giving penalties and disposing of vehicles.

How to tell if a vehicle has been abandoned

Before you get in touch, please check the vehicle is definitely abandoned:

  • The tyres are flat.
  • Wheels are missing.
  • The windscreen or windows are broken.
  • It’s going mouldy.
  • It’s full of rubbish.
  • The number plates are missing.
  • There are wires hanging from the dashboard.
  • It’s been vandalised inside or out.
  • It’s suddenly appeared in your road and none of your neighbours know who it belongs to.

What happens if the problem continues?

Report again to the council regarding your concerns as they will be the lead agency.

Listen to our audio guide on addressing the issue of abandoned vehicles.