Abandoned and Untaxed Vehicles
Abandoned and Untaxed Vehicles
Before reporting abandoned vehicles to the Council, please note the following points below and contact the correct service.
As long as the tax is valid on a vehicle, it is eligible to park on the highway so long as it is not breaking any restrictions on the road e.g. double yellow lines. If an unknown vehicle is taxed that is parked i.e. outside your property then the Council will not investigate unless there are clear signs it’s been abandoned as seen in the Abandoned Vehicle section below. Your first point of call should be to contact the police to see if they have any interest. If a vehicle is causing an obstruction i.e. you cannot get off your driveway this is also a police issue.
The Council does not have the powers to remove untaxed/SORN vehicles and therefore will not be investigated. This relates to vehicles parked on the Highway that are out of tax or SORN with little or no damage regardless of age. They should be reported directly to the DVLA here https://www.gov.uk/report-untaxed-vehicle
You can check the tax status of a vehicle on here https://www.vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk/
An abandoned vehicle is classed as having some of the following characteristics:
- Untaxed, with
- Significant damaged, run down or unroadworthy e.g. flat tyres, wheels removed or broken windows
- Stationary for a significant amount of time
- Burned out
- Lacking one or more of its number plates
- Mouldy inside
- Containing waste
The Council will investigate any reports that meet the criteria. If the Council feel the vehicle in question has been abandoned, then the appropriate course of action will be taken to start the removal process.
Any abandoned vehicle that is insecure or poses a clear health and safety risk will be removed immediately.
If you feel the vehicle in question meets the above criteria report it here. http://www.tameside.gov.uk/reportit
If your vehicle has been removed by Tameside MBC you can arrange to retrieve it by contacting us (details below). Please quote the registration number of the vehicle and any reference number we may have given you. On receipt of the form we will advise you of the costs involved and issue a release note once payment has been made.
I want to surrender a vehicle to be scrapped
If you no longer want a vehicle and want it destroying, you can surrender it to the Council free of charge.
A request can be made by filing for an abandoned vehicle on http://www.tameside.gov.uk/reportit A name, address and contact number must be provided to contact you for additional information. The Council will then contact you to arrange collection.
You must prove you are the registered keeper by providing ID and handing over the keys and V5C document associated with the vehicle in question. The vehicle will then be collected, scrapped to national standards and a certificate of destruction will be produced.
Caravans/Trailers on the Highway
A caravan or trailer will only be permitted to park up attached to a vehicle for a short period of time to load or unload.
The Council sees caravans and trailers as unreasonable use of the public highway and as such will be issued with a 28 day notice for removal if investigated and the Council feel it has not moved for a period of time.
If a caravan/trailer has been parked up for a period of time and has not moved please report it as an abandoned vehicle on http://www.tameside.gov.uk/reportit