Abandoned Vehicles

Abandoned vehicles can be reported to Mendip District Council, or to the DVLA.

An abandoned vehicle is regarded as a vehicle that has no known owner and that has been dumped.

When reporting a vehicle as abandoned, you will need to provide us with the following information:

  • Your name, address and/or phone number
  • The vehicle registration number
  • The colour, make and model (e.g. red Ford Focus)
  • The exact location of the vehicle

Use the DVLA link below to check if the vehicle is taxed and has an MOT:

DVLA Vehicle Enquiry search

Mendip District Council (MDC) can only deal with the untaxed element of an alleged abandoned vehicle. No MOT or Insurance is a matter for Avon and Somerset Constabulary to deal with.

Please note that MDC can only remove a vehicle that has been untaxed for two months and a day. This is in adherence with DVLA best practice.

If possible, please also provide the following:

  • The condition of the vehicle (any noticeable damage)
  • How long the vehicle has been there without moving
  • Is the vehicle being used at any time?

If the vehicle is considered abandoned we will fix a removal notice to it. If it is not claimed within the period stated on the notice, it will be removed and disposed of.

Reporting an untaxed vehicle to the DVLA

Untaxed vehicles that are not abandoned can be reported to the DVLA anonymously giving the same information as above through their website.

Reporting an abandoned vehicle causing an obstruction

If an abandoned vehicle is causing an ongoing obstruction or is parked illegally, report it via Avon & Somerset Police using their general enquiry form below.

Avon & Somerset Police: General Enquiry Form