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What obligations does a landowner have when a vehicle is abandoned on their land and they want to have it removed?

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Published on LexisPSL on 07/02/2017

The following Local Government Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • What obligations does a landowner have when a vehicle is abandoned on their land and they want to have it removed?
  • Offence to immobilise motor vehicles
  • Local authority duties in respect of abandoned vehicles

What obligations does a landowner have when a vehicle is abandoned on their land and they want to have it removed?

Offence to immobilise motor vehicles

It is an offence to immobilise, move or restrict the movement of a motor vehicle in a way which would prevent a person (who is entitled to remove that vehicle) from removing the vehicle concerned.

Section 54 of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (PFA 2012) provides that:

‘A person commits an offence who, without lawful authority—

(a) immobilises a motor vehicle by the attachment to the vehicle, or a part of it, of an immobilising device, or

(b) moves, or restricts the movement of, such a vehicle by any means,

intending to prevent or inhibit the removal of the vehicle by a person otherwise entitled to remove it.’

The offence also does not apply where a person is acting with lawful authority when immobilising, moving or restricting

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