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abandoned vehicleAbandoned 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 cars.
 
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 vehicles.

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 disposed off

 
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 months imprisonment.
How to Access this Service

If you are aware of any vehicles within the district that may be abandoned, please report this via the online Street Scene Reporting system

 

Alternatively you could contact the Council using the contact details below.

Links/Forms

Street Scene Reporting Online Form

 

External Link:

 

Reporting an untaxed vehicle

Costs
There are no associated costs for reporting an abandoned vehicle.
Main Contact
Abandoned Vehicle Enquiries
Telephone: (01902) 696203
Fax: (01902) 696222
Email: environmentalcrimesr@sstaffs.gov.uk

 

 

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