We remove abandoned or nuisance vehicles that are not being used, or may be a danger to the public.

Abandoned vehicles are a nuisance and a danger to the public, it is illegal to abandon vehicles and by doing so you may be prosecuted.We will not remove a vehicle if it is untaxed. Untaxed vehicles should be reported to the DVLA.

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1. Check vehicle tax and report an untaxed vehicle

Lambeth council will not remove a vehicle if it is untaxed, unless it is a public health and safety hazard. Untaxed vehicles are the responsibility of the DVLA.

2. What is an abandoned vehicle?

We will decide if a vehicle is abandoned or not. An abandoned vehicle should meet one or some of the following criteria:

  • the vehicle hasn't moved within the last month
  • the windows are broken
  • it's run down, damaged and clearly not being used. It is unroadworthy or has dirty windows or rubbish inside. There is a build-up of rubbish around the wheels, has flat tyre(s) or missing wheels
  • it's a danger to the public
  • it’s burnt out
  • if the vehicle is in a condition that can lead to anti-social behaviour
  • if the vehicle has no number plates

Even a vehicle is owned by someone it can still be classified as an abandoned or nuisance vehicle if it meets the above criteria.

3. Reporting an abandoned vehicle

If you want to report an abandoned vehicle complete our online nuisance vehicle reporting form.

We need to know the:

  • vehicle has been taxed (if it hasn’t then you will need to find this out with the DVLA before submitting the form using the following link check if a vehicle is taxed
  • vehicle colour, make and preferably model
  • registration
  • exact location.

If the vehicle is on private land, we can only remove the vehicle on request of the landowner. If you have a letter from the landowner please upload it when using the online form. When we receive permission to move the vehicle we will investigate the vehicle and if it is abandoned we will remove the vehicle.

If you wish to report an abandoned car on your estate, please contact your Lambeth housing office.

4. Notice of an abandoned vehicle

Tell us if you have a green or blue sticker on your vehicle

Your vehicle has been reported as abandoned and is being monitored If you have a green sticker this means your vehicle has been reported as abandoned and is being monitored.

Please let us know using the form below and then ensure the sticker is removed and the vehicle is relocated. Failure to do this may result in the vehicle being moved to our storage pound and/or destroyed in accordance with the Removal and Disposal of Vehicles Regulations 1986 and you may incur costs.

Your vehicle has been inspected and classed as abandoned If you have a blue sticker this means your vehicle has already been inspected and is due for removal.

Please let us know using the form below and ensure this sticker is removed, the vehicle is relocated, taxed, has a valid MOT, cleaned and maintained or repaired to ensure that it is not removed and destroyed. You may incur costs if you fail to do this.

5. How to claim your vehicle

If your vehicle has been removed by us as an abandoned vehicle, it will be taken to:

ELV Car Pound
8 Eley Road
Edmonton
London
N18 3BD

020 8216 9657

The pound is open Monday to Friday, 7am to 5pm.

We advise you contact TRACE to confirm this is where your vehicle has been removed to.

You will need to provide proof of ownership to claim the vehicle.

Fees for removed vehicles

  • Lifting - £200
  • Storage - £40 per day

6. Vehicles on private land

Lambeth extends only to vehicles abandoned on the Lambeth highway or Lambeth estate land. Where vehicles have been left on private land, we can only remove the vehicle once approved by the landowner. If you have a letter from the landowner please upload it when using the online form. When we receive permission to remove the vehicle we will investigate and if it is classed as abandoned we will remove it.

If the vehicle is not classified as abandoned we are unable to remove it.

7. Vehicles on TfL red routes

Throughout the borough we have several red routes which are maintained by Transport for London.

Vehicles abandoned on these routes (where the lines on the side of the road are red instead of yellow) are the responsibility of TfL.

Please report abandoned vehicles on red routes using the link

8. How do I prevent my vehicle being mistaken as an abandoned vehicle?

If you wish to park your vehicle on the highway your vehicle must be taxed even if you are not using the vehicle. Your vehicle must remain in a road worthy condition. Alternatively arrange for your vehicle to be stored off the highway. To do this you must obtain a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification).

9. How to appeal the removal of an abandoned or nuisance vehicle

If your vehicle is removed and you feel it should not have been, you can make an appeal against the decision to classify your vehicle as abandoned. However you can only do this after you have paid the release fees at the pound. You must make your appeal within 28 days of collecting your vehicle.

To appeal please complete our online appeal form.