Abandoned vehicles

Report an abandoned vehicle

You can report an abandoned car or other vehicle to us.

Signs that a vehicle has been abandoned include:

  • it's been stationary for a long time – at least 21 days without moving
  • there's lots of damage – burnt out, broken windows, rusty
  • it's run down or not roadworthy
  • the number plates are missing
  • it contains waste
  • the doors are open or unlocked
  • tyre are flat or wheels are missing

If you abandon a vehicle you could receive an instant £200 fixed penalty notice or be taken to court and fined up to £2,500

Untaxed vehicles

If a vehicle is untaxed and is either still used or on the road, you should report it to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) – you should not report it to us as an abandoned vehicle.

DVLA: Report an untaxed vehicle

Reporting an abandoned vehicle

For us to deal with your report of an abandoned vehicle, you must tell us the exact location of the vehicle, along with its registration number or make and model.

Simply login to My Account for environmental reporting, select 'Add a report' and choose 'Abandoned vehicle' from the category list. You can create an account if you don't already have one.

My account - environmental reporting

Use your smartphone to report waste and environment problems

Download the Thurrock 'Report it' app to report using your smartphone:

You can also login using My Account to report problems online.