At the Redbridge November Full Council the subject of abandoned vehicles was raised and we learned that since vehicle tax discs were discontinued the number of abandoned vehicle reports has risen by 50% to 3,000 per year with only 4% of the total turning out to be abandoned.
This all takes up officers’ time (when they could be working on the traffic problems on your road) who have to make a number of checks before an on-site visit within 24hrs and if the vehicle is a danger to the public it will normally be removed by contractors within hours of inspection. However, if the vehicle is on private property officers have to seek permission from the landowner before anything can be done.
The council’s website has been updated to make it easier for residents to report abandoned vehicles more accurately.
In short, if it’s taxed and has a valid MOT it’s not abandoned even if it has been left parked for several months. You can check Tax and MOT for any vehicle online here. You just need the registration number and the make of the vehicle.
I had a case in my road when we still had tax discs. It just sat there for several months and I had to keep telling my neighbours there’s nothing we can do until the tax runs out. It was not an old car, in pretty good condition with no obvious signs of vandalism. Just parked, day after day. So when the tax ran out I reported it and it was gone within 2 days. Patience is a virtue.