Abandoned vehicles

Abandoned vehicles update following the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Any vehicle abandoned on the highway may be towed away by the council (normally 7 days notice by letter) and disposed of.

There may be an opportunity to claim the vehicle back, but this will involve paying the statutory recovery fee of £150, plus statutory storage fees of £20 per day and disposal fees of £75.

Our policy on abandoned vehicles

The council can impound vehicles that are left (abandoned) on the highway. In applying these powers the council's officers always try to act reasonably.

Following an inspection the council may:

  • Impound the vehicle immediately
  • Attach a notice giving the owner 24 hours to remove the vehicle
  • Write to the last registered keeper giving them 7 days (depending on the location and the vehicle's condition) to claim or remove it.

Otherwise it may be impounded and disposed of. Vehicles deemed to be abandoned on private land are subject to a 15 day notice prior to removal.

Statistics show that all vehicles that are parked on the highway for long periods are likely to suffer from vandalism.

Caravans are often the subject of arson attacks and can present a serious hazard if they contain gas cylinders.

Burnt-out vehicles will be removed either by the council or the police to an authorised storage facility to await collection by the owner or their insurance company, or to be scrapped if not claimed.

There are statutory fees payable in respect of impounded vehicles, which are currently:

  • £150 impound fee
  • £20 per day for storage
  • £75 disposal fee

Vehicles not claimed at the end of a notice period will be seized, 'depolluted' and scrapped, with no right of appeal by an alleged owner who subsequently tries to reclaim the vehicle.

If you own a caravan then our advice is that you should arrange storage on a reputable site in the vicinity.

Report an abandoned vehicle

You can report an abandoned vehicle through your My East Hampshire District Council account.

My East Hampshire District Council is a portal for EHDC customers inside and outside the district to use to request, book and pay for (where applicable) council services 24/7.