Abandoned and Untaxed Vehicles

It will assist the residents of Lewes District to know that should they have any concerns as to whether a vehicle is abandoned or causing a nuisance any person may check the tax status of any vehicle by using DVLA’s Vehicle Enquiry System.

The vehicle enquiry system can be accessed on line by visiting www.vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk/.

This website will give information on whether the vehicle is taxed and whether it has a current M.O.T certificate. More information is also available at www.gov.uk/dvla/nomoretaxdisc.

We work with Sussex Police and the DVLA to remove abandoned vehicles and prosecute the owners of untaxed cars and lorries.

Operation Crackdown

Report An Abandoned Vehicle

Please report an abandoned vehicle using the Sussex Police report form. This will help us locate the vehicle and have it removed as quickly as possible.

In all cases please provide:

  • Exact location
  • Make of vehicle, including model
  • Registration number
  • Colour
  • How long it has been abandoned

Processing A Reported Vehicle

Lewes District Council is responsible for removing abandoned vehicles and trailers. This is where all the rights of property and possession have been given up and no one else is responsible.

Once a report has been submitted, the Abandoned Vehicle Officer will inspect the vehicle and determine if it has been abandoned or not. If so, the vehicle will be removed and disposed of.

During the period of investigation, you can contact Customer Services for the latest details.


Report An Untaxed Vehicle

The DVLA are responsible for prosecuting owners of vehicles that are untaxed. If you wish to anonymously report a vehicle that appears to be unlicensed and used/kept on the public road, please use the Gov.uk web form below.