Abandoned Vehicles

At the weekend I met up with a friend who I hadn’t seen in a while and we got talking about work, as you do, and my friend mentioned that for weeks they have been driving past a van on their way to work which they think has probably been abandoned. My friend asked me who they needed to report this to and it got me thinking that this would be a good topic for this blog as experience tells me that many local people assume they should report abandoned vehicles to the North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP), however this isn’t the case.

In most instances, abandoned vehicles should be reported to the local borough or district council where the vehicle has been abandoned. Councils have the permission and are able to deal with abandoned vehicles, including finding owners, giving penalties and vehicle disposal. However, if an abandoned vehicle is on a road and in a dangerous position or condition, then this should be reported to the Police.

The only occasion when the NEPP would get involved in removing an abandoned vehicle would be if the vehicle had been left in a car park which it manages, in which case the NEPP would work with the relevant local borough or district council to deal with it.

If you ever wish to report an abandoned vehicle, you can do so online here.

Further information and guidance about abandoned vehicles is available on every local council’s website but you might also find the following links useful too:

Essex Police – ‘Who has responsibility for that?’ Leaflet

Central Government Guidance on Abandoned Vehicles and Councils Responsibilities

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