Abandoned Vehicles

How to report an abandoned vehicle

You can report an abandoned vehicle online with Sussex Police (external link)

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