Report a vehicle with no tax

Redbridge - Abandoned and untaxed vehicles

In some cases it may be necessary to make further enquiries which could mean a delay in the vehicle's removal. The council will not follow up anonymous reports of abandoned vehicles. If you are a landlord or managing agent and a vehicle has been abandoned on land associated with dwellings under your control, you should request information about ownership of the vehicle from the DVLA for a small fee and contact the registered keeper with a view to recovering possession of your land.

If there is no registered keeper or you are unable to contact them, please telephone the council for further advice on If your vehicle has been issued with a removal notice you will need to present proof of ownership, a vehicle registration document and proof of identity to the council within 24 hours of claiming the vehicle. Landlords and managing agents If you are a landlord or managing agent and a vehicle has been abandoned on land associated with dwellings under your control, you should request information about ownership of the vehicle from the DVLA for a small fee and contact the registered keeper with a view to recovering possession of your land.

Stopping removal of a vehicle If your vehicle has been issued with a removal notice you will need to present proof of ownership, a vehicle registration document and proof of identity to the council within 24 hours of claiming the vehicle. In this situation we are under no obligation to try to find an owner for the vehicle.

Vehicle Tax

If an owner can be found this person must be given a reasonable amount of time to respond to a notice served on them. If a vehicle is not displaying a valid tax disc, we always contact DVLA and advise them of this.


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If vehicles are abandoned in dangerous or inaccessible locations we can decide that it is too dangerous or expensive to remove them. However, we now work in partnership with the Army to tackle this problem.

The Army recover vehicles from difficult locations as a training exercise for their tank recovery section. The Police also have powers to move and remove vehicles or to require an owner or person in control of a vehicle to move it. If you contact us we will arrange to collect a vehicle you no longer want.

No road tax vehicle

Although we frequently post notices on vehicles not all notices come from us. The Police also post notices on vehicles, particularly if a vehicle is on a highway and has no current tax disc.

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