Hartlepool Borough Council

Environmental Enforcement

Untaxed and Abandoned Vehicles

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Untaxed vehicles

All vehicles must display either a valid tax disc if they are on the highway. A SORN (Statutory Off Road Notice) is only valid for vehicles which are stored off road (i.e. in a garage, on a private driveway, or in a lock-up). A vehicle displaying a SORN notice parked on the highway (even if it is in a marked parking bay) will be classed as untaxed and will be removed.

Vehicles found on the highway which do not have a valid tax disc will be removed by the Council's enforcement section.

If your vehicle has been removed for not displaying a valid tax disc please contact Customer Services on 01429 523333. You will be required to pay a compulsory (non-refundable) release fee plus a surety fee if you cannot provide a valid tax disc. If you can produce a valid tax disc within 14 days then the surety will be refunded.

If these fees are not paid then the vehicle will be authorised for disposal by the DVLA. This usually means that your vehicle will be crushed.


Reporting an untaxed or abandoned vehicle

Telephone Customer Services on 01429 523333 to report an untaxed or abandoned vehicle. Alternatively, complete our online form.

Between the 1960s and early 2000s abandoned vehicles were a relatively common site as it was difficult and expensive for residents to dispose of them. Since the mid-2000s, however, the scrap value of these cars has risen making it more economical for the owner to dispose of them. This has resulted in a drop in the number of abandoned vehicles on Hartlepool's streets. In contrast, the number of roadworthy but untaxed vehicles remains a problem.


Vehicle Amnesty Scheme

The Council runs a Vehicle Amnesty Scheme, which is intended to encourage people to surrender old cars that are rusting away in gardens and on driveways; these quickly become eyesores and are often the subject of arson attacks.  The Council will safely dispose of these vehicles free of charge.

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