Abandoned cars are a visible blight on neighbourhoods and act as a magnet for anti-social behaviour, including vandalism and arson.
The problem has increased in recent years, causing a real headache for police, fire fighters and councils up and down the country.
When an abandoned vehicle is reported, our staff will make a site visit and confirm that the vehicle is truly abandoned. A notice will be served and attempts to contact the owner made. However, if the vehicle is not moved or taxed it will then be removed and destroyed.
How to identify an abandoned vehicle Before you report and abandoned vehicle please collect as much information as possible. The following points should help you make a judgement:
Is the vehicle untaxed i.e.. no tax disc present at all or past the expiry date?
Are any of the tyres flat or have any of the wheels been removed?
Is there any litter or detritus (weeds/leaves) under the vehicle, indicating that it has not been moved for some time?
Is the windscreen or any of the windows broken?
Is there any mould on either the inside or outside the vehicle?
Does the vehicle contain items of waste e.g.. tyres, old newspapers, general rubbish?
Does the vehicle have number plates?
Has the vehicle been vandalised? Exterior vandalism might include dents in bodywork, bumpers spoilers being removed: interior vandalism might include radio being stolen, seat covers being slashed.
Has a vehicle that you or your neighbours never seen before suddenly appeared in your road and no-one is claiming ownership?
Do not move, enter or even touch an abandoned vehicle. They are a health and safety risk, could contain hazardous waste and can often pose a fire risk. On some occasions, abandoned vehicles have been used for crime related activities such as drug dealing, prostitution and burglary, in which case the police may wish to seize the vehicle for investigation purposes.
What happens when I report an abandoned vehicle? Vehicles that the Council considers to be abandoned and have no value (wrecks) will be removed and sent for destruction.
Vehicles that have some value (runners) will be towed away and stored for seven days and if not claimed will be sent for destruction.
Vehicles that pose a danger to the public, broken windows, smashed body work etc) can be moved immediately and stored for seven days or sent for destruction.
If a vehicle is abandoned on private land, the owner/occupier of the land may be served with a 15-day notice by the Council. The notice informs them of the intention to remove the vehicle and they have 15 days to object.
The Council also has the power to recover costs of removal, storage and disposal from the person responsible for abandoning the vehicle.
Car Clear 'Car Clear' aims to see abandoned cars moved from the streets within hours of being reported, helping to reduce the risk of arson attacks and joyriding and improve the local environment.
There is a dedicated 24 hour hotline - 0800 08502153 - for people to report suspected abandoned cars. Cars confirmed as abandoned will be removed within 4 hours.
Report an abandoned vehicle If you think a vehicle has been abandoned you can report it using the online form or you can call
Chester - 01244 402477
Ellesmere Port - 0845 458 0000
Vale Royal - 0800 435199.