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Abandoned Vehicles

How to report an abandoned vehicle

You can report an abandoned vehicle online with Sussex Police (external link) or contact us using the information at the bottom of this page.

Definition- What is an abandoned vehicle?

A vehicle that nobody claims ownership of. They are usually vehicles that:

What We Do

Investigate reports of abandoned vehicles on:

  • Highways
  • Lay-bys
  • Council car and coach parks
  • Council Housing Estates and Group Dwellings

What We Don't Do

We don't deal with abandoned vehicles that are:

  • Untaxed vehicles that have an owner - report DVLA Unlicensed vehicles (external link)
  • Vehicles on private land, unless written permission is given by the landowner to deal with the vehicle in question
  • Vehicles causing an obstruction or in a dangerous position - this is a matter for the police
  • Vehicles left in a dangerous position or condition after an accident - this is a matter for the police
  • Vehicles that are lost or stolen - this is a matter for the police
  • Vehicles parked outside a house, which the householder does not like - this is not an offence

What Happens Next

  • Liaising with Operation Crackdown (Police) and DVLA
  • Visit and photograph the vehicle
  • Write to registered keeper if there is one
  • Operation Crackdown makes a decision from the evidence provided to determine if the vehicle is removed or not
  • If the vehicle is removed it is taken away by our contractors and destroyed
  • If an owner comes forward at any stage of the process we no longer continue with our enquiries


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