Identifying if a vehicle is abandoned
It can be determine if a vehicle has been abandoned by applying the following criteria. At least one of the below must apply for a vehicle to be considered as abandoned:
- Overall condition, age and appearance of the vehicle such as if it is significantly damaged, run down or unroadworthy, for example has flat tyres, missing wheels or broken windows
- If the vehicle has been left in situ for over 21 days
- If the vehicle is burnt out
- If the vehicle has valid road tax, insurance and an MOT in place
- If the number plate is missing
- If the vehicle has a significant amount of rubbish or waste inside and looks untidy
Please be aware that there could be legitimate reasons why a car has been left somewhere, i.e:
- The owner of the vehicle could be visiting a friend or relative
- The owner could have suddenly been taken ill or gone into hospital
- The owner is on holiday and left the car at a different location
- The vehicle has broken down
Before reporting an abandoned vehicle
Please use the following links to check the vehicle's legal status:
If a vehicle is untaxed, then please report the vehicle to the DVLA using the following link:
Reporting an abandoned vehicle
Once you have considered the above, you can report an abandoned vehicle to the Council for investigation. This should be done via the Abandoned Vehicle Form. Please ensure all sections of this form are completed before returning it to the Council.
Please including the following information:
- Make and model (e.g. Ford Mondeo)
- Registration number
- General condition of vehicle
The completed form can be submitted via email, post or hand delivered to the Council Offices using the contact details below.
Postal address: South Staffordshire Council, Wolverhampton Road, Codsall, Wolverhampton, WV8 1PX
Once a vehicle has been reported to the Council, a site visit will be carried out within 14 working days of receipt of the report. If the Council considers the vehicle to be abandoned, a notice will be placed on the vehicle. This notice will give 15 days for the vehicle to be removed from the location in question.
Once the 15 days period has passed, the Council will carry out a site visit to establish whether the car has been removed. If the vehicle is still in situ, the vehicle will be removed and potentially destroyed under the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978 Section 3 (1)(5).
However, if the vehicle is in a dangerous condition, the Council will arrange removal within 24 hours. If the vehicle is causing an obstruction on the highway then please report the vehicle to the Police on the non emergency telephone number; 101.
Are your details kept confidential?
Under the Data Protection Act the name and address of the person making the report or any other contact details, will not be disclosed.
The Council will use the contact details you provide in order to update you on the progress of the case.