Abandoned Vehicles

Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) has the power to remove a vehicle on the public highway, private roads and other land in the open air for a number of reasons if it is felt the vehicle is abandoned.

A vehicle which is considered abandoned on the public highway will be given up to 14 days notice. If the vehicle is not removed within this period, MVDC will remove and dispose of that vehicle and may charge the owner for any costs incurred.

If the owner of the vehicle contacts MVDC within the notice period, in most cases the vehicle is no longer classed as abandoned, therefore MVDC will not remove it.

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A vehicle is not considered to be abandoned solely if it is causing an obstruction to a footpath/public highway. In these circumstances this would need to be reported to Surrey Police on 101.

When a vehicle is reported as abandoned to us we will conduct a number of checks before applying a removal notice. These checks include:

 A check via the DVLA to establish whether the vehicle has up-to-date tax and MOT.    

 A visual assessment to see if the vehicle demonstrates the following:

  • broken glass; that could be either the windscreen or any of the windows
  • mould developing on either the inside or outside of the vehicle
  • two or more flat tyres
  • no number plates
  • rusty brake discs; indicating that the vehicle has been stationary for a long period of time
  • the presence of litter e.g. weeds etc growing under the vehicle, indicating that it has not been moved for a considerable period of time
  • waste present e.g. tyres inside the vehicle

Please note, a vehicle can still be classed as abandoned if it does not meet the above criteria.