If the vehicle:
You should report it to the Police via 101 or online at Report | Essex Police
If none of these apply, you can report the vehicle to us to investigate, but only if it:
Make sure you have the following information ready:
Once we receive your report, we will begin an investigation and remove the vehicle if it is found to be abandoned. This may take up to 15 days, depending on the location of the vehicle.
After a vehicle has been deemed abandoned, a notice will be affixed to the vehicle. This will either be a 24-hour, 7 day or 15-day notice, based on the location and condition of the vehicle.
If after the notice period has expired, and the Council deem the vehicle abandoned, we will arrange for our contractor to remove the vehicle.
We have a duty to remove any vehicle that has been determined to be abandoned. The primary legislation under which we act is The Road Traffic Regulation Act and the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978.
This can be from the highway or land to which the public have access. We can remove abandoned vehicles from the highway or land which public have access to, but we can only investigate vehicles abandoned on private land if they are reported by the landowner and they provide proof of land ownership.