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Abandoned vehicles

Removing abandoned vehicles from roads is a service provided by your district or borough council. You can report an abandoned vehicle online.

If the vehicle is abandoned on private property, inform the land owner (ask locally, or try the Land Registry)

If you find a vehicle abandoned on land owned by Surrey County Council (e.g fire stations, schools, libraries,) please report it to our contact centre on 03456 009 009.

A vehicle is classified as abandoned:

  • If it has not been moved for a significant period of time
  • the Vehicle Excise Duty (Road Tax) has expired.
  • the owner or the keeper cannot be identified, or fails to respond to a legal notice

A vehicle cannot be regarded as abandoned only because of its condition or appearance and/or the fact that it has not been moved for some weeks. To remove and dispose of a vehicle of which the owner has been identified, and who has confirmed responsibility for the vehicle, would be regarded as theft of private property.

It is an offence to abandon a vehicle and can result in a fine of up to £2500 if convicted plus the costs of the removal, disposal and any storage of the vehicle.

Once classed as abandoned, the removal process can take a few days. Removing abandoned vehicles from roads is a service provided by your district or borough council.  

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  • Updated: 23 May 2013
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