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Operation Crackdown

Report abandoned vehicles and anti-social driving 

Abandoned vehicles (or dumped cars) are vehicles that appear unroadworthy or damaged and usually not taxed, insured or have a current MOT.

Anti-social driving is driving that is careless, deliberately aggressive or dangerous.

Both abandoned vehicles and anti-social driving can be reported via Operation Crackdown, a joint initiative with Sussex Police.

Note: A vehicle not currently taxed but which is in regular use is not an Abandoned Vehicle. Please report them as a Untaxed vehicle.

What Happens Next?

When a report is received the details are entered onto the Police 'Operation Crackdown' Database and directed via the Sussex Police Hub to the relevant Borough or District for action.

Abandoned vehicles

  • We aim to inspect vehicles reported to us within 1 working day.
  • If they appear to be abandoned or unroadworthy, keeper details will be obtained (normally available within 24 hours), any keeper is sent a warning letter that the vehicle may be removed for disposal if not removed by the owner within seven days.
  • In cases where the vehicle is not registered to a keeper or is in a dangerous condition, the vehicle removal may happen after a period of 24 hours.

Anti-social driving

  • Depending on how serious the incident, whether the vehicle has been reported before, and whether the driver falls into a high risk category, Sussex Police might:
    • forward your report to the Sussex Police Road Policing Unit so local officers can take appropriate action.
    • send a warning letter to the registered keeper of the vehicle.
    • keep your report in the Crackdown database, providing a history of the vehicle and allegations.
    • identify and address regular ‘hotspots’ of anti-social driver behaviour.

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