There are some simple steps you should take before reporting a vehicle as abandoned. Firstly remember:
- vehicles are no longer a required to display a tax disc, those not displaying a tax disc are not necessarily abandoned
- a car cannot be classed as abandoned simply because the owner is away for a short period of time (e.g. a neighbour has gone on holiday)
- if someone has parked across your driveway, this is an obstruction, not an abandoned vehicle, so please see obstruction and clamping
Before reporting, ask yourself the following questions:
- has the vehicle been parked without moving for two weeks or more?
- does it look like it has been there for a long time (good indicators are litter or weeds under the vehicle, litter in the vehicle, and rusty break discs)?
- is there damage to the vehicle (is it burnt out, are there flat tyres, is there heavy damage that could cause harm to the public)?
- is the vehicle mouldy or rusty?
- are things from the car missing (e.g. fuel cap, number plates, wheels)?
- does the vehicle have any documents on display suggesting it’s still in use (e.g. valid parking permit or disabled badge)
If you answer ‘yes’ to two or more of these questions then go ahead and report it. Taking just a small amount of time to ask yourself these questions could save you making a false report and save the Enforcement Team hours of unnecessary work.