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Abandoned vehicles frequently asked questions

What is an abandoned vehicle?

A vehicle may be treated as abandoned if it has been left in an area for a period of time or has no registered keeper.  It may not be taxed and may also be in a dangerous condition.

What can I do to help?

  • Never touch or enter an abandoned vehicle. It may have been involved in crime and may require further police investigation
  • Many abandoned vehicles pose a risk to public health and safety, they may contain hazardous waste materials and can often pose a fire risk
  • Never approach a burning vehicle, or touch a burnt out vehicle.  Burnt paint, rubber and other materials maybe toxic, corrosive and harmful to the skin.
  • Remember, if you see a vehicle on fire, call the fire service immediately.
  • If the vehicle is already burnt out contact the City & County of Swansea using our Report an abandoned vehicle online form.

What do I need to do to report a vehicle?

You should collect the following information when reporting an abandoned vehicle.

  • Vehicle make, model and colour
  • Vehicle registration number (If the registration plates are missing this may be found on the tax disc if displayed)
  • Condition of the vehicle (detailing any vandalism)
  • Tax disc expiry date, if displayed
  • Exact location of the vehicle
  • How long the vehicle has been abandoned
  • Any other information, e.g. who the owner or user may be.

You should then report the vehicle on our Report an abandoned vehicle online form.  If you prefer you can phone us on 01792 636819.

What is the abandoned vehicles removal service offered by the council?

The Authority provides a free collection and disposal for vehicles which are at the end of their useful life.

It is the responsibility of the local authority to remove any vehicle found to be abandoned in the open air, or on any part of the highway. Such abandoned vehicles are not only unsightly, but can be dangerous especially to children who see them as an area to play.

All scrapped vehicles are required to be de-polluted before destruction and for a certain percentage of materials to be recovered for recycling or reuse.  The removal of such vehicles is designed to improve residents' quality of life by ending the environmental blight caused by nuisance vehicles.

What do we do to help?

  • All abandoned vehicles will be inspected within 24 hours of receiving the report, this is monitored and analysed on a regular basis
  • The City & County of Swansea may use its DVLA Devolved Powers to remove any untaxed vehicle found to be on the adopted highway.
  • Vehicles found to be of no value or in such condition that it poses a danger to the public, may be removed immediately.
  • Abandoned vehicles on private land are subject to a 15-day notice period usually after consulting with the land owner or agent
  • The City & County of Swansea also have the powers to recover any costs resulting out of the removal of such vehicles

The City & County of Swansea Abandoned Vehicles Team work in partnership with South Wales Police and the Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Arson Reduction Team. 

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