Vehicle Abandonment Laws
Local authorities, such as councils, the DVLA and police are responsible for disposing of abandoned vehicles from public land under the Refuse and Disposal (Amenity) Act 1987, Section 99 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, and the Removal and Disposal of Vehicle (England) Regulations 2002.
Under the Amenity Act, it is illegal for a car owner to abandon their car, leading to potential prosecution by the local authority. A fine of up to £2,500 and/or a sentence of 3 months in prison could be imposed upon conviction. However, a fixed penalty notice of £200 can be issued to the owner as an alternative to prosecution.
In addition to the total amount of the fine issued, the owner is liable to cover any costs incurred by the local council or police force in removing, storing or destroying the vehicle.