Decision details

Policy on Abandoned Vehicles

Decision Maker: Environment and Neighbourhood Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To agree a policy outlining the Shared Services' approach for dealing with vehicles that have been abandoned


David Kingstone, Licensing and Environmental Compliance Team Leader presented the report which set out how regulatory services process and deal with reports of vehicles abandoned in public open spaces.


Members were in agreement with the policy and were pleased with the procedures and processes that would be adopted. The Policy had already been recently adopted by our Shared Highways Service Partner, LB Kingston.  However, concern was raised relating to the lack of a legal definition of abandoned vehicles.


Roy Douglas, Lead Officer, Street Compliance informed the Committee that the policies and procedures were tried and tested and took into account the liability for the council, and the requirements of the Highways Act and other legislation. Fixed penalty notices could be issued to anyone abandoning a vehicle. In excess of 90% of each vehicle was recycled helping to ensure proper disposal. Caravans were included within the abandoned vehicles legislation and action would be taken if certain criteria were met.


RESOLVED: that the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee:


  1. Adopt the Policy on Abandoned Vehicles for implementation on 1 December 2017.


Report author: David Kingstone

Publication date: 05/02/2018

Date of decision: 23/11/2017

Decided at meeting: 23/11/2017 - Environment and Neighbourhood Committee

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