To enable this Council to remove an abandoned vehicle under the provisions of the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978, it is necessary to determine if a vehicle is truly abandoned or a nuisance vehicle.

All abandoned vehicles are a nuisance, but not all nuisance vehicles are abandoned.

What is an Abandoned Vehicle?

For guidance in determining a truly abandoned vehicle, please consider the following:

  • Has the vehicle remained in the same location unmoved for a minimum of 21 days

  • Is the vehicle untaxed, i.e. there is no tax disc present at all or the disc is past its expiry date. (This should not be the sole consideration, but should be taken into account with other factors from this list). Please see Changes to Tax Discs for more information and use the Vehicle Tax Checker website to see if the vehicle is taxed. 

  • What is the general condition of the vehicle including tyres, wheels etc.

  • Is the vehicle dangerous, has it been left unlocked, broken windows etc.

  • Has the vehicle been vandalised

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What is a Nuisance Vehicle?

Laws relating to nuisance vehicles come under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.  The following are examples of vehicles that may be investigated under this Act.

  • Where two or more motor vehicles parked within 500 metres of each other on a road are advertised for sale.

  • Where any person carries out "restricted works" i.e. (repairs, maintenance, servicing, improvement or dismantling) to a vehicle or any part of a vehicle on a road for gain or reward.

Authorised officers have the power to issue a fixed penalty notice of £100 to any person deemed to have committed an offence under the 2005 Act. Further details of the Act can be found at Office of Public Sector Information: http://www.opsi.gov.uk

Vehicle parked at dropped kerb or vehicles double parked can now be addressed by St Albans City and District Council in conjunction with its Parking Contractor. To request enforcement action contact the Parking Hotline on 01727 845283. See below for further details.

We do NOT deal with all nuisance vehicles, for example:

  • Residential parking disputes

  • Broken down vehicles

  • Untaxed vehicles

Reporting an Abandoned Vehicle

If, having considered the above, you believe a vehicle has been abandoned please contact 01727 819296 or email wastemanagementservices@stalbans.gov.uk.  If the vehicle is worth more than £1000 the process to remove the vehicle will take approximately two weeks.

Reporting a Nuisance Vehicle

If a vehicle is a nuisance under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 please contact 01727 819296 or email wastemanagementservices@stalbans.gov.uk.

Collection and Removal of Vehicles

If you have a vehicle that you own and wish to dispose of, this Council does offer a removal service for a small charge, currently £50.00 including VAT.

To request the removal and destruction of a vehicle please complete the form and return it with the correct fee and the vehicle log book to the Waste Management Team or contact 01727 819296. Applications will only be accepted if accompanied by the Registration/Log Book or some other proof of ownership.


If you are a land owner and believe a vehicle has been left abandoned on your land the Council can investigate the vehicle with the potential to remove it. This service is currently charged at £70 including VAT. 

For further details or to request a vehicle be investigated please contact the Waste Management Team on 01727 819296 or send a completed copy of the below form to wastemanagementservices@stalbans.gov.uk 

Reporting an Untaxed Vehicle

If a vehicle is untaxed it can be reported to the DVLA

  • via the website.  To report an untaxed Vehicle to DVLA

  • by letter to the nearest DVLA Enforcement Centre

  • by phone to the Vehicle Customer Enquiry line 0300 7906802.  Opening hours are Mon-Fri 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

End of Life Vehicle Directive

All vehicles removed by this Council's contractors, Redcorn Ltd, are depolluted before destruction, with the materials recycled in line with the 'End of Life' Vehicle Directive.

Date of last review: 15 May 2017