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Abandoned and nuisance vehicles

Middlesbrough Council's Enviro-Crimes Unit dealing with and/or removing the following types of vehicles:

  • Abandoned vehicles
  • Untaxed vehicles
  • Two or more vehicles for sale, parked on a road within 500m of each other, which are being sold as part of a business
  • Vehicles that are being repaired on a road (exemptions apply)

To report nuisance or abandoned vehicles please use the nuisance or abandoned vehicle reporting form or call Middlesbrough Council’s Environment Contact Centre on 01642 726001.


What is an abandoned or nuisance vehicle?

There's no legal definition of abandoned cars, but council officers use their own judgement to decide whether a vehicle is abandoned or a nuisance, by taking into account whether or not the vehicle:

  • is taxed
  • has a registered owner
  • is damaged, rundown or un-roadworthy
  • has been burnt out
  • is missing one or more number plates
  • contains rubbish/waste
  • has a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification)
  • is one of two or more vehicles for sale, parked on a road within 500m of each other, which are being sold as part of a business
  • is being repaired on a road (exemptions apply)

What action can the council take?

We can:

  • Remove an abandoned vehicle from a road (this includes private roads and estates. If the vehicle is on private land the council will serve a 15 day notice of removal on the owner/occupier)
  • Immediately dispose of abandoned vehicles of no value. If vehicles are considered to be of some value, the council will send a written notice of destruction to the owner. If at the end of this notice period the vehicle is unclaimed, the council can dispose of it. The council has also been given powers by the DVLA to remove and dispose of untaxed vehicles.
  • Trace vehicle ownership and impose fines on those abandoning vehicles by working with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)

What action can you take?

You can report abandoned or untaxed vehicles, or arrange for the disposal of your unwanted car by using the online form or contacting the council’s Environment Contact Centre on 01642 726001.