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Abandoned Landrover?

Hi all

Hope this is in the right part of the forum.

For over 3 weeks now there has been a Landrover parked at the end of my road, which I have been keeping an eye on. It hasn't moved in that time. It's M reg and looks to be in reasonable condition, with a couple of nice accessories like a snorkel, bull bar, full length roofrack etc etc, plus a number of Wolf storage boxes inside.

It doesn't have a tax disc and a couple of weeks ago I wrote a note along the lines of 'if you don't want this vehicle any more can we have a chat - here's my phone number?' and put it under the windscreen wiper - interestingly the note has stayed there untouched ever since.

I am beginning to wish this vehicle was mine!

I believe there is some kind of rule that allows anyone to apply to DVLA to get a logbook of an apparently abandoned vehicle transferred into their name, but DVLA will not get involved in any subsequent disputes if the original owner resurfaces.

My question - anyone have any experience of doing this?

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Mark, Hi.

I think the legal situation depends in whether the vehicle is 'abandoned' on private land or a public road.

If it is on a public road it is at risk of being clamped/removed for no tax - so get a move on!

You can obtain the Registered Keeper details from DVLA for 2 or 3 pounds.
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Hello Tony - good to hear from you.

It's definitely a public road.

Will DVLA give out that sort of info - I didn't think they would. Data protection and all that
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Have you tried the police, explain the situation, maybe its stolen !!.... they might be happy you contact the owner before the troubles start....

The DVLA have helped me in the past, I had a part share in a car which didnt work out well, with just a letter they sent a new log book in a new name...

Let us know the out come ... sounds like cheap motoring to North Africa
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- I didn't think they would. Data protection and all that
DVLA don't care about data protection - they readily give out your details to the local councils who issue parking tickets yet it's against the Data Protection Act.

I would have thought trying to contact the owner and talking to your local police would be a good start. I can't imagine someone would just abandon it though, more likely stolen.
Good luck with your find.
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Just to add, some years ago nice chap turned up at the parents door, his car had broken down, could he park it in front of the house for a few days while he arranges the repairs with a mate, 10 days pass and Dads a little worried and finally contacts the Police, another couple of days pass and they turn up... yep you guess it, stolen ....

Dad wad horrified to think he had a stolen car parked outside his house ...

Go to the police ....
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Abandoned?

Fairly certain that you can get the info from DVLA, try them or carefully ask the Police
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DVLA don't care about data protection - they readily give out your details to the local councils who issue parking tickets yet it's against the Data Protection Act.
Correct, DVLA don't care about DPA. However DPA restrictions do nor include supplying data to Police and Local Authorities.
The DVLA are definitely in default with Private Parking Contractors as they abdicated their responsibilities of control to the BPA who have proved to have used this power incorrectly for their own member's vested interests and not administering/controlling that trust properly. But DVLA again don't care as long as the cash rolls in.


If interested here is a recent comprehensive submission to the Parliamentary Transport Committee. Note Clauses 37 onwards www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201012/cmselect/cmtran/writev/dda/dda09.htm

Sadly, the Politicians fluffed it when persuing this as the DVLA wriggled with a certain amount of 'economy' with their responses. Here is the Parliamentary Committee's session with DVLA which considered the matter. Player



Mark,
To the query in hand - DVLA will give RK details to anyone who has 'reasonable cause' to know and pays £2.50.
They are pretty elastic in their interpretation of 'reasonable cause' being only interested in getting their paws on your money to shore up their own budget.
Wanting to offer to buy it could be included as a reasonable cause. Causing an obstruction also.
But don't give its location, otherwise they will pretty quickly send their own local DVLA clamp team round to clamp/remove it to try to get 'out of Court penalties' for themselves, if they realise it is untaxed on a public road and know where it is.
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I don't know about UK but it could be the same as here in Denmark, where everything without an owner, is "lost property" and belongs pr definition to the state and handling or keeping it, will amount to the same charge as "handling stolen goods", so be cautious.
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I don't know about UK ... so be cautious.
Things are different in UK.

Unless stolen (previously, or by the 'finder'), found items become the property of the Finder, provided reasonable steps are taken to locate the Owner. This can include reporting to the Police - in which case a period (3 months I seem to recall) must pass before the new ownership is properly established.

Possession of items does not automatically mean Ownership - but it greatly assists the position if it was acquired in circumstances suggesting it was abandoned or lost.

There are added complications with vehicles as there is not only the Owner but the Registered Keeper (RK), who need not be the Owner, to consider and DVLA's serpentine system to avoid being clear or helpful.

The first step here is for Mark to ascertain the RK,s identity and address.
A further complication is, without displaying a current Tax Disc it is reasonable to assume the vehicle has no current 'tax' and therefore, being on a public road, is vulnerable to actions of the Police, DVLA, Local Authority, Civil Enforcement Officers ( the current term for Traffic or Parking Wardens) - as well as Mark!

Mark knows my Email if he wants my further opinions of the way forward. I am only 90% sure on this so prefer not to possibly mislead people by posting my view here.


And a language point for students of English -
For some reason we always use the term 'Lost Property' when we really mean 'Found Property'.
Living among Russians who regularly question my use of English I have learned to see these oddities and anticipate their queries, often (or even, phonetically, 'ofen') before they do!
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That was actually a useful point made by pbekkerh, as "I am interested in the vehicle but don't want to lay myself open to the offence of handling stolen goods" would have been a good answer to the expected "what business is it of yours?" question when I approached the police to enquire whether it was stolen. As it turns out, they were OK about it and should let me know yeay or nay tomorrow.

The difficulty was that I couldn't simply tell them the address it's at because, if the RK hasn't abandoned it but simply left it there while he goes on holiday or something, I don't want to drop him in it over the tax disc. If the police tell me that yes it is stolen then I will tell them the address as I am sure the RK would like to know it's been found; if they say it isn't then that's 1 possibility eliminated.

The plot thickened a bit last night in any case as, when I got home, there was an identical but newer one parked right next to the one I was interested in - making me wonder whether the 2 are connected and causing me to leave a note on that one too!
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Ha ha - I was either wrong about the 2 being owned by the same person or the owner didn't want to play, for yesterday evening the 2nd one was gone and I didn't hear from him.

Also heard from the police this AM that the one I'm interested in 'has no issues' meaning it's not stolen, although they did confirm the road tax has expired.

Unsure where to go from here.
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Unsure where to go from here.
Apply to DVLA for RK details for the reason of 'it is causing an obstruction to your entrance' - but use a mate's or work address!! (Not mine - it is unoccupied and the reply will sit on the mat for months!).

You could ask the Police what they recommend.
And do it anonymously without vehicle details or location.

Could you physically remove it (tow, hot-wire, whatever) to private land to protect it from DVLA no-tax clampers?
Check with Police the legality of this too.
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Whatever you do, do it quick. There is an apparently abandoned landrover near me; every time I go past it, another bit has gone missing.
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