Report an abandoned or untaxed vehicle

The Council has a duty to deal with abandoned vehicles on public land so if you observe such a vehicle please tell us about it.

The Council will not act upon anonymous reports. Your personal data will not be divulged to anyone else as per the Council’s Privacy Policy but the Council may need to contact you for further information / clarification.

There are circumstances under which the Council will not take action over reports of abandoned vehicles. Some of these circumstances are:

  • The vehicle has valid road tax. Check if a vehicle is taxed

    There may be exceptions to this if the vehicle in question:

    • Is burnt out
    • Has been parked in the same location for a significant period of time (weeks or months)
    • Has been vandalised (flat tyres, broken windows etc)
    • Contains waste
    • Is lacking one or more of its number plates
  • A vehicle is badly parked but not in contravention of any parking restrictions (for example yellow lines)
  • The identity of the vehicle owner is known and lives locally
  • The vehicle has been in its current location for less than two weeks. This is because the owner may have legitimately parked the vehicle for a temporary period.

The Council cannot take action against owners / keepers of uninsured vehicles or vehicles that do not have a valid MoT Certificate. These matters should be reported to South Yorkshire Police

Vehicles that are suspected to be stolen, broken down or are causing an obstruction should be notified to South Yorkshire Police.

Report an abandoned or untaxed vehicle – Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council