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Getting a vehicle removed from private land can potentially be an involved matter. However, we would suggest the following:

  1. If the vehicle is in a dangerous condition e.g. it's leaking petrol or contains dangerous items such as gas bottles, we would suggest you contact your local police via the non-emergency 101 number or 999 if an emergency response is required.
  2. If you think the vehicle is abandoned, we would suggest you contact your local council via the link below:

    https://www.gov.uk/find-your-local-council

    Councils must remove abandoned vehicles from both land in the open air and roads (including private roads). However, local council policies differ in relation to this so we would suggest you discuss the matter with them - it may help if you speak with a manager. If a vehicle is abandoned, you don't have to ask the council to move it - please see point 3 below.
  3. It may be the case that the vehicle does not meet the council's criteria for being abandoned, the council won't remove it for some reason or it may be that it is abandoned but you want to remove it yourself via a contractor. In any of these circumstances, we would suggest you seek legal advice before moving it, either from a solicitor or the Citizens Advice Bureau via the links below:

    https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/contact-us/


Points to note:

  1. Under no circumstances would we advocate you merely pushing the vehicle onto a road and leaving it there, as you may commit a number of offences.
  2. Don't damage/clamp the vehicle or have it removed by a third party for destruction or storage without first seeking legal advice. If you do any of these things, you may commit a criminal offence or the owner may pursue a civil action against you.
  3. You may be able to obtain the cost of having the vehicle removed from the owner but you will need to speak to your legal advisor about this.

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