Nuisance Vehicles (work on the street)

Nuisance Vehicles (work on the street)

Under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, the council can investigate and take action against nuisance caused by work on vehicles in the street, depending on the circumstances of each case.

Repairing Vehicles:

It is an offence to repair vehicles in the street as part of the running of a vehicle repair business or for gain or reward.  However, if a private individual repairs their own vehicle in the street, it can still be an offence where this gives reasonable cause for annoyance to people who live nearby, regardless of whether or not the work is carried out in the course of a business or for gain or reward.

This legislation is not aimed at roadside repair organisations where the works carried out are works of repair due to an accident or breakdown at the roadside, as long as the work on the vehicle is completed within 72 hours.

What can you do if you have a problem with cars being repaired on the road?

You can report the nuisance to the council by contacting the Environment & Neighbourhoods Team on 01992 564608 or and providing details on address/location and full details of the type of nuisance.

In the first instance the council will aim to resolve any complaints informally by contacting the person responsible for the work and discussing your concerns (keeping your details confidential).

If the case cannot be resolved informally and appears likely to persist, the council will usually try to obtain evidence of the alleged nuisance to justify proceeding with any further action. If the alleged nuisance is caused by noise, it is likely that noise monitoring will need to be carried out by an officer, from locations in your property where you are alleging that the noise is causing a nuisance. 

Further information:

Guidance on Nuisance parking offences and Abandoned Vehicles (defra)

Report an untaxed vehicle (DVLA)

Abandoned vehicles (EFDC)

Parking enforcement (EFDC)

Motorbikes, mopeds, go-peds and scooters – causing alarm, distress, or annoyance (EFDC).