Dangerous, abandoned or un-taxed vehicles

If you suspect a vehicle, caravan or trailer is:

  • abandoned
  • untaxed
  • causing an obstruction
  • dangerous

report it to us online

  Report a vehicle

or call 01325 406999.

Please have the following information about the vehicle:

  • registration number
  • make
  • model
  • colour
  • location
  • condition
  • how long you think it has been there

You can check if a vehicle is taxed and a valid MOT using the DVLA Vehicle Enquiry Service [external link].

The enforcement team have the powers to seize untaxed vehicles on public roads.

Any vehicles without an MOT on a public road must be reported to the police.

My car has an enforcement sticker or has been removed

We may place a notice requiring the registered keeper remove the vehicle immediately.

We may seize and remove the vehicle immediately ourselves

We may give a notice period, which could be 24 hours or 7 days, for the keeper to remove the vehicle.

If we have given notice that we will remove a vehicle we will notify the registered keeper should we then seize and remove the vehicle.

We notify the police for their records.

Will will post notifications to areas outside of Darlington.

If the keeper’s address is within the borough we will hand deliver it.

If we have not authorised the vehicle to be destroyed, we may allow you to get the vehicle back.

You will need to pay the charges and provide evidence that you own the vehicle.

We work with the police to check if abandoned vehicles are stolen.

If you vehicle is stolen notify the police and your insurance company.

If notified, your insurer will normally reimburse any removal charges.

Private Land

If a vehicle is left on private land like:

  • car parks
  • fields
  • driveways

we will work with the land owner or landlord to remove the vehicle.

The landlord would then request in writing that we enter the land to place an appropriate removal notice on the vehicle.

If we fail to gain such cooperation from the landlord we may issue a 15 days removal notice in any case then remove the vehicle.

Vehicles being driven off-road

If vehicles are being driven off-road please inform the police on 101.

Vehicles being repaired or for sale at the roadside

If a vehicle being repaired by the roadside is causing an obstruction you can report it.

We can remove vehicles offered for sale or used as advertising that are parked in a public place.

We will ticket the vehicle and give the keeper the opportunity to remove it.

It is an offence to have 2 or more vehicles parked within 500 meters of each other on a road where they are advertised for sale.

We check this through patrols but you can also report it to the civic enforcement team.

We can issue a Fixed Penalty Notice for vehicles repaired or for sale on the roadside.

You will need to give a witness statement that contains enough evidence to:

  • identify the offender
  • show a prosecutable offence has taken place

The person will not be informed who has made the complaint and your details will remain confidential.

We need information such as:

  • the date and time you witnessed the offence
  • the location you witnessed the offence
  • description of person selling or repairing vehicles
  • address of the person selling or repairing vehicles
  • details of the vehicle being sold including registration
  • your name and contact details (these will remain confidential)

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