If you are registered as the keeper of a car with DVLA you can be held liable for any costs it incurs – even if it has since been sold on and then dumped.
When a vehicle is reported as abandoned, the council makes every effort to trace its owner using a direct link with the DVLA database. The database shows whether a car is taxed, has a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) or is registered as already destroyed. Most importantly the database also holds the registered keepers details.
Removing and destroying abandoned vehicles is very expensive and where there is no registered keeper the costs are met by the taxpayer - money that could be better spent on more important services in your community. Therefore the council will always seek to charge the registered keeper for the removal and disposal of a vehicle. This could be someone who has sold the vehicle on – only to become a victim of car crime for a car no longer in his or her possession.