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 as vehicles with no tax disc displayed may still be 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


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:

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  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

Collection and Removal of Vehicles

If you have a vehicle that you 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 Environment & Regulatory Services Department or contact 01727 819296. Applications will only be accepted if accompanied by the Registration/Log Book or some other proof of ownership.

Changes to Tax Discs

 As of 1st October 2014 the DVLA will no longer be issuing paper tax discs to be displayed in vehicles. All information will be held digitally and renewal reminders will be sent out. This means that motorists will no longer need to display a paper disc in the vehicle as proof of tax. 

Should you believe a vehicle is untaxed then you can check online at  

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.

Background Information

The number of vehicles having to be removed and disposed of over the last few years has decreased with the rising value of scrap metal. In 2003/4, 665 vehicles were removed but in 2006/7 this had reduced to 144 and by 2008/9 it was down to 39.  This low level is expected to continue as the value of scrap metal remains high.  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: 27 April 2016