There is no legal definition of an 'abandoned vehicle' but the list below shows some of the criteria our inspectors consider.
Tax disc changes
Vehicles still need to be taxed to be on the public road. These details can be checked online using the GOV.UK Vehicle Enquiry tool.
It is for the Council to decide if a vehicle is abandoned. This is likely if one of the following applies:
- It has no keeper on DVLA's database and is untaxed - check vehicle tax online
- It's stationary for a significant amount of time
- It's significantly damaged, run down or unroadworthy, for example has flat tyres, missing wheels or broken windows
- It's burned out
- A number plate is missing
Report an abandoned vehicle
Please note that just because a vehicle is poorly parked or is not believed to belong to a resident of the road does not mean it is abandoned. Vehicles are no longer required to display a tax disc.
Claim a vehicle that has been deemed abandoned
To claim your vehicle that has been deemed abandoned, you need to provide evidence of ownership. Evidence must be produced within an agreed timescale or the vehicle will be removed to safe storage.
Report an abandoned bicycle or trolley
It is the responsibility of supermarkets and stores that provide trolleys for their customers to collect any stray trolleys. Please report these to the nearest appropriate store.
Dispose of a vehicle
We will remove and dispose of an unwanted vehicle free of charge as long as the vehicle is located in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and the owner is a resident in any of the 32 London boroughs.
Up to: Cars
Updated: 28 October 2022