Finding that a car or other vehicle has been abandoned on your private property can be extremely frustrating. For first reaction might be to try and remove it yourself, which is completely understandable. However, doing so would land you in legal trouble, more than it would the owner of the abandoned vehicle.
Under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 abandoned vehicles may only be removed from private land by certain authorised bodies. So what does this mean for you, when you find yourself in this predicament? While you can certainly apply to the relevant authorised bodies to try and get the ball rolling, it can often be quicker and more efficient to hire a dependable third party to handle matters for you.
Here at Marpol Security, we can assist private and commercial clients from around the UK with removing abandoned cars, trucks, and other vehicles from their property. Here is what you can expect from us:
To help us decide if a vehicle classifies as abandoned, we need to ask the following questions:
While there are no hard and fast rules, our Abandoned Vehicle Recovery team would consider a vehicle to be abandoned if we could answer yes to four or more of those questions during our inspection.
An abandoned vehicle notice is a public declaration that the vehicle in question is considered abandoned and that steps will be taken to remove it in due course. Our local team will place a completed notice on all four sides of the vehicle, so that the owner cannot later claim that they did not see the notice. We will take photographs of the vehicle, with the notices applied, and include them in our file for evidence, along with our inspection report.
All vehicles should have a Registered Keeper details of which will be held with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). We can normally perform a search with the car’s number plate. If this has been removed, we can check the chassis number and trace the vehicle that way. The DVLA will provide us with the details of the Registered Keeper, who is legally responsible for the vehicle, whether they abandoned it or not.
Once we have the details of the Registered Keeper, we contact them in writing, giving them 21 days’ notice of our intention to have the vehicle removed. This gives them plenty of time to remove the vehicle themselves.
Once the period of notice expires and we are satisfied that all legal procedures have been followed, we will arrange removal of the vehicle from your property. Our enforcement agents who served the initial notice on the vehicle will be in attendance to confirm that everything is done by the book. Our team will remove the vehicle using a private tow truck and take it away to be scrapped and certified.