Abandoned Vehicles are becoming an
ever-increasing problem throughout South Staffordshire.
This is due to the low value of scrap metal and the obligations of
scrap metal merchants to recycle more of the components of old
The Council has a duty to investigate and remove any
motor vehicle abandoned without lawful authority on land in the
open air if on public land. If the vehicle is in a dangerous
condition or burnt out, the Council will remove it.
Once reported, the Council will commence investigation within
24 hours. This will involve tracing the last owner of the vehicle
to assess whether or not it is abandoned. Once the vehicle has been
confirmed abandoned, we will endeavour to remove it within 14 days.
If a vehicle is destroyed by fire, the Council will arrange for its
removal within 24 hours of notification.
If I want to have an unwanted
vehicle disposed of on Private Land, will the local authority
remove it for me?
• Some local authorities operate
vehicle amnesty schemes, whereby they will collect and remove
unwanted vehicles free of charge for
their residents. Contact your local authority to see if they are
operating a vehicle amnesty;
• Other local authorities may remove
the vehicle for you, but at a charge;
• Alternatively, you will need to
contact a ‘vehicle dismantler’ authorised to take scrap
There may be charges for collection
and disposal. (In the future these will be known as
‘Authorised Treatment Facilities’ –
Yellow Pages will contain contacts in your area.) You must make
sure that the DVLA is given the correct notification regarding any
change in the status of your vehicle;
• If it is a premature end of life
vehicle (for example, as a result of being in a road traffic
accident), your insurance company will deal with removal and
The Council will not remove illegally parked or untaxed
vehicles. Nuisance vehicles should be reported to the police whilst
untaxed vehicles should be reported directly to the Driver and
Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) on 0800
325202. Alternatively, please follow the link below.
It is an offence not to register the sale or purchase of a
vehicle with the DVLA even if bought privately. If it is not
abandoned, i.e. someone is still claiming ownership, then the
Council has no power to remove it. The penalty for abandoning a
vehicle if found guilty is a fine of up to £2,500 and / or 3
If you are aware of any vehicles within the district that
may be abandoned, please report this via the online
Street Scene Reporting
Alternatively you could contact the Council using the contact
Street Scene Reporting
Reporting an untaxed vehicle
There are no associated costs for reporting an abandoned vehicle.
Abandoned Vehicle Enquiries
Telephone: (01902) 696203
Fax: (01902) 696222