Abandoned or Unwanted Vehicles
Vehicles registered under the SORN (Statutory off the road notice) with the DVLA must not be kept on the public highway.
It is possible to report an untaxed vehicle that has been seen on a public road anonymously to the DVLA. (Please note:-tax discs are no longer needed - the vehicle tax could be up to date even if it doesn’t have a tax disc).
Steps to follow to report a vehicle as untaxed:
- Check/confirm that a vehicle is untaxed before it is reported - this is a free service (www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-tax - details to enter:- (1) vehicle registration number and (2) make of vehicle to establish whether the vehicle has current tax or not, or whether it has been registered as SORN).
- A vehicle should only be reported if it is either untaxed or registered as SORN and parked on a public road. (A vehicle can be registered as SORN if the vehicle is not used or kept on a public road e.g. it is kept in a garage, or on a drive or on private land).
- In order to report the vehicle online (forms.dft.gov.uk/report-an-untaxed-vehicle/), the following information will be required:- the vehicle registration number, make, model, colour and the street name, town and postcode where the vehicle is parked.
- Alternatively a letter can be sent to the DVLA if it cannot be reported online. Postal address:- “Enforcement Section, W070/D12, DVLA, Longview Road, Swansea SA7 0XZ. The following details should be included:- the vehicle registration number, make, model and colour, detailed location and the time the vehicle has been on the road if known.
Report an untaxed vehicle direct to DVLA (opens in new window)
Birmingham City Council has a statutory duty under section 3 of the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978, to remove a motor vehicle which is abandoned in their area without lawful authority:
- on any land in the open air, or
- any other land forming part of a highway (including private roads)
In addition, regulation 5 of the Removal and Disposal of Vehicle Regulations 1986 gives the Council the power to remove abandoned vehicles not covered by the statutory duty under s.3 of the above Act:
- where a vehicle having broken down on a road or other land in the area of a local authority that appears to have been abandoned without lawful authority, or
- where a vehicle has been permitted to remain at rest on a road or other land in the area of a local authority in such a position or in such condition or in such circumstances as to appear to have been abandoned without lawful authority.
It should be noted that the council may only remove abandoned vehicles from private land if the land owner does not object.
Abandoned vehicles often get confused with nuisance vehicles. A nuisance vehicle is not necessarily abandoned and often cannot be removed by the authority. Common examples of ‘nuisance’ vehicles are those which are:
- poorly parked
- causing an obstruction
- involved in residential parking disputes
- broken down
If a vehicle is untaxed but not abandoned, the local authority has not powers to remove it from the highway. In this instance, please contact the DVLA (insert link) to report the vehicle.
If you live in Birmingham and have a vehicle you no longer want, we can arrange for a free removal and destruction service. Please use the online form above.
To tell us about an unwanted vehicle you would like to have removed just press the Request Unwanted Vehicle Removal button above.