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 you see abandoned vehicles in your community, you can call Dorset Council.

Dorset Council

Dorset Council customer services on 01305 221000.

Email Dorset Council at: customerservices@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

In writing to Dorset Council, County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XJ

Get in touch using British Sign Language. Follow this link to connect to an interpreter>>

Opening times are Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm. For out-of-hours emergencies call: 01305 221000

Who should I contact to tell them about the issue?

Dorset Council website or the government website, as shown in the links below.

Report an abandoned vehicle to Dorset Council


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.

Report an untaxed vehicle.

If you see an untaxed vehicle on the road, you can report it anonymously. Your report will be investigated.

Steps to report a vehicle as untaxed

  1. Check if the vehicle is taxed before you report it – this is a free service. – Follow this link>>
  2. Please note the vehicle registration number, make, model and colour of the vehicle and the street name, town and postcode where you saw it. You will not be able to report the vehicle without these details.
  3. Follow this link to report an untaxed vehicle >>

Other useful links

Check MOT status https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-status

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.
  • The 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 suddenly appears on your road, and none of your neighbours knows who it belongs to.

What happens if the problem continues?

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

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