Abandoned vehicles

We will investigate any reports of an abandoned vehicle.

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We cannot remove an untaxed vehicle.  Report an untaxed vehicle in your area to the DVLA.

If a vehicle is located in a dangerous position or condition, please contact North Yorkshire Police on101.

Abandoning a vehicle is a criminal offence, carrying a maximum penalty of £2,500 or three months imprisonment, or both.

BE AWARE! Abandoned vehicles are dangerous, please keep clear.

When is a vehicle 'abandoned'?

Abandoned vehicles are commonly:

  • untaxed
  • stationary for a significant period of time
  • damaged, run down or not roadworthy
  • burned out
  • missing number plates 
  • contain waste

Nuisance vehicles

An abandoned vehicle is always a nuisance, but a nuisance vehicle is not always abandoned.
Nuisance vehicles are commonly:
  • poorly parked
  • causing an obstruction
  • involved in residential parking disputes
  • broken down

The council is unable to take action against nuisance vehicles at present, however we will investigate all reports to ascertain the most appropriate course of action.

Unwanted vehicles

If you live in Scarborough borough and you have a vehicle to dispose of, please contact Customer First to arrange a safe collection and disposal. There are associated costs for this service and the log book must be made available to Scarborough Borough Council.

Alternatively, you can take your vehicle to a scrap dealer within the area.