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Abandoned Vehicles

Abandoned Vehicle

The problem


Abandoned vehicles generate significant economic, environmental and social costs. Last year 31 abandoned vehicles were removed by Gosport Borough Council.


Abandoned vehicles are not only an eyesore they are a danger and encourage other forms of anti-social behaviour. Hundreds of thousands of old cars are dumped on the streets of Britain.


The Borough Council operates a service to remove abandoned vehicles. Approximately 300 enquiries are dealt with annually.


It is Council policy to deal with abandoned vehicles as quickly as possible, and to keep to a minimum the problems they cause. 




In order to tackle the problems associated with abandoned vehicles, Gosport Borough Council is working in partnership with the Police, and Hampshire Fire and Rescue, in order to remove abandoned vehicles as quickly as possible.


The Scheme


In order to limit the problems associated with vehicles being left on the street, the notice period for removing abandoned vehicles is 24 hours. Abandoned vehicles are affixed with a 24 hour notice. If vehicles remain on site after the notice period has elapsed they are removed.


In addition, Gosport Borough Council now has direct links to the Driver Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) which will enable the registered owner to be more quickly identified and speed up the process of dealing with abandoned vehicles. Untaxed vehicles left on the public highway are reported to the DVLA.


From 1 October 2014, the paper tax disc will no longer be issued and required to be displayed on a vehicle windscreen. Vehicle tax will still need to be paid but with DVLA having a digital record of who has and has not paid, a paper tax disc is no longer necessary as proof that vehicle tax is paid.


The vast majority of motorists pay their vehicle tax with latest figures confirming that over 99% of motorists’ tax their vehicles on time. Most on-road enforcement action is now based on using Automatic Number Plate Readers. These cameras use the number plate rather than a visual inspection of the tax disc. The police also have access to DVLA records via the police national computer. There are significant savings for fleet operators and other businesses from not having to handle the administration of tax discs.

You can check the tax status of any vehicle including those abandoned at www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-tax

For further information go to www.gov.uk/dvla/nomoretaxdisc


What are the signs that a vehicle may be abandoned?


A vehicle may be abandoned if it is;

  • Untaxed
  • Burnt out
  • Damaged/vandalised


How do I report an abandoned vehicle?


Contact Gosport Borough Council's Streetscene section using the details at the bottom of this page, or complete the online form by clicking on the link below.




What information will I need to provide about the vehicle?


  • Make and model
  • Colour
  • Where it is (e.g. outside no. 10)
  • Registration Number
  • Condition of vehicle
  • Length of time the vehicle has been there


You will also be asked to supply your name, address and telephone number.


What happens once I have reported an abandoned vehicle?


  1. The vehicle will be assessed by a Gosport Borough Council Enforcement Officer to determine whether the vehicle is abandoned.
  2. If the vehicle is confirmed abandoned, the vehicle will be affixed with a 24 hour notice.
  3. The Officer will then contact the DVLA to identify the registered owner.
  4. After 24 hours the vehicle will be photographed and removed.
  5. The vehicle details will also be checked with the Police to ensure that it is of no Police interest.
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It is against the law to abandon a vehicle (Refuse Disposal Amenity Act 1978) and if convicted can cost up to £2,500 or 3 months in prison.


What if my car has been moved?


An abandoned vehicle will be towed away within 24 hours and most will then be destroyed. Only vehicles in a very good condition will be stored, while efforts are made to trace the owner. Owners will have to satisfy the Council/Police that they are the legitimate owner of a vehicle and produce a V5 registration document/log book and proof of ID before they can be returned and the costs recovered.

Contact us:


Tel: FREEPHONE 08000 198 598

Email: streetscene@gosport.gov.uk

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