Ryedale District Council

Abandoned vehicles

The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 is legislation giving local authorities new powers to deal with behaviour affecting local environmental issues. The Act has extended the categories of vehicles that may be removed, thus reducing problems of vandalism and fire damage.

If you suspect a vehicle may be abandoned, please contact us using the form link to the right, email us or telephone 01653 600666. We will investigate and take the necessary action.

What do we do?

We have the authority to immediately remove any abandoned vehicle from a road

We have the authority to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £200 to anyone abandoning a vehicle. This includes vehicles abandoned on a private road or in a housing estate

We have powers to immediately dispose of or destroy any vehicles that are considered to be abandoned and any vehicles without a license and registration, with no obligation to trace the owner

The Abandoned Vehicles Officer will contact the Police to check whether they are aware of the vehicle and the DVLA for relevant information regarding the registered keeper. We will always try to find the owner but, if this proves impossible, or the owner does not collect the vehicle within seven days of being contacted, we may dispose of the vehicle.

A vehicle can be disposed of as soon as the necessary conditions are met, without waiting for the license to expire.

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The Law

The Clean Neighbourhoods & Environment Act 2005 is legislation giving local authorities powers to deal with behaviour affecting local environmental issues. There are a number of powers in the Act, giving Councils the opportunity to take firmer action against those who spoil and/or deface the local environment.

Dealing with abandoned vehicles has been time-consuming and expensive duty for local authorities. The above Act has extended the categories of vehicles that may be removed, thus reducing problems of vandalism and fire damage.

For further information please email us or telephone 01653 600666.

 

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Ryedale House, Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
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