ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Dumped Cars ... and How To Get Rid Of Them!

Updated on June 19, 2010

Abandoned vehicles are an eyesore and blight what may otherwise be a pleasant and attractive neighbourhood. According to the latest statistics, there were no less than 350,000 cars abandoned in the UK last year.

They are a particular problem in high-density areas where rented accommodation is commonplace. When abandoned cars are left too long, they can also become the target of vandalism and arson, which just makes for an even bigger problem for local residents. But there are things that can be done by anyone affected by abandoned vehicles - and regardless of whether the vehicle itself is on a public highway or on a private road.

Of course, finding out whether a car has been abandoned or not is not necessarily the easiest of investigations to undertake. Even though you may not recognise the vehicle as one that is familiar to the neighbourhood, it could be it simply belongs to one of your neighbour’s guests who happens to be staying for a prolonged visit. Alternatively, it may be a new owner-occupier or tenant has moved into the neighbourhood – and the car is one too many to fit on their own driveway or in one of their own allocated parking spaces.

Vehicles that have not moved position for some weeks and those displaying an out-of-date tax disk or no tax disk at all should be considered very suspect. Untaxed cars are often dumped, because buying a tax disk sometimes costs more than the value of the vehicle itself. Equally, cars that have broken windscreens or side windows might have been stolen and dumped by a thief. A quick call to the local police will soon confirm whether the dumped vehicle has been stolen or not. If it has, the police will resolve the problem for you by contacting the owner.

Assuming the car has not been stolen, the next stage is to assess whether it belongs to someone in the neighbourhood. Placing a suitable notice under the windscreen wiper that asks for the vehicle to be moved should help, but if the car is still in the same position after some weeks, you can instruct your local council to assist with its removal.

The local council can usually deal with apparently abandoned cars on public highways straightaway or, at least, within a very short time of them being informed about the vehicle. However, where a car has been apparently abandoned on a private road or in someone else’s private parking bay on a housing estate, they are obliged to follow a recognised and legal procedure.

The council will first trace the owner through the registration plate and then send them a 15-day notice of removal. Where a vehicle appears to have some value, the council will also send a notice of destruction to the owner, because most abandoned vehicles are ultimately crushed – which makes it somewhat difficult, if they later wish to reclaim their property.

Most councils are very helpful and quite fast to respond to reports of abandoned vehicles, while others have a tendency to drag their heels a little. If your local authority does not react in an expedient manner, you may need to reiterate their obligation under procedures laid down by the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The law relating to abandoned vehicles and the local authority is available under the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978. This law also defines an abandoned vehicle as any vehicle left without lawful authority as determined by the authorised local authority. As a last resort, you can of course enlist the assistance of your local MP.

It is in everyone’s interest to have abandoned vehicles removed from our streets as quickly as possible, while maintaining the necessary protection that genuine owners need (otherwise many legitimately parked vehicles may find their way to the crusher). Hopefully, the information supplied in this brief guide will help resolve the problem, if you find yourself looking out from your home at what you believe might be an abandoned vehicle.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)