Abandoned vehicles

We have a duty to investigate any vehicles reported as abandoned within our area.

A vehicle will only be removed if the Council is satisfied that the vehicle is abandoned. Before the vehicle is removed a notice will be placed on the vehicle. Factors which indicate that a vehicle is abandoned include:

  • no tax
  • stationary for a significant amount of time
  • significantly damaged or un-roadworthy
  • containing waste
  • lacking one or more of its number plates 

Burnt out vehicles should be reported to the police in the first instance.

Check if a vehicle is taxed - GOV.UK

Reporting an abandoned vehicle

We aim to inspect a vehicle within 48 hours of it being reported. To help us find the vehicle please provide as much information as possible, including:

  • Vehicle registration number
  • Make and model of the vehicle
  • Colour
  • Location and/or any nearby street names or landmarks (include a postcode if you can)

Report an abandoned vehicle



West Oxfordshire District Council
New Yatt Road
OX28 1PB