Abandoned vehicles

We remove abandoned vehicles from roads. You can report an abandoned vehicle by completing our abandoned vehicles form.

What is an abandoned vehicle?

An abandoned vehicle is:

  • abandoned without authorisation
  • in such a condition that it ought to be destroyed
  • an untaxed vehicle may not necessarily be abandoned. This is a matter for the Surrey Police and / or DVLA

Reporting an abandoned vehicle?

First ensure that the vehicle is abandoned and then call us or complete our online form.

Any report should include the following:

  • location
  • make
  • colour
  • car registration of the vehicle, if any

When a vehicle is reported, it is logged and if no keeper is shown, a current keeper enquiry is sent to DVLA, who should respond within 12 hours.

A notice will be placed on the vehicle requiring its removal.  The vehicle is then photographed as evidence.

Removal of vehicles

Any vehicle in a dangerous position or condition can now be removed within 24 hours.

If the vehicle is not dangerous, but still considered to be abandoned and we are unable to contact any keeper, the vehicle can be removed after seven days, subject to contractor workloads.

Vehicles which are involved in road traffic accidents, broken down, causing an obstruction or are a danger to other road users are the responsibility of the Police.