Removing abandoned vehicles from roads is a service provided by your district or borough council.
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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