The removal and disposal of abandoned vehicles is ultimately the responsibility of the local authority. Under Section 3(1) of the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978 we are responsible to move any vehicle which is abandoned on council land and privately owned land in certain circumstances. This costs authorities a great deal of money. However, joint working ventures with the DVLA have now made it easier to trace owners. Removing these vehicles should improve our streets and attract less anti-social behaviour.
To Report an Abandoned Vehicle
To report an abandoned vehicle please report it online here.
If that's not possible you can email EMTeam@cannockchasedc.gov.uk or telephone 01543 462621
In order to help speed things up, please make a note of the following:
make and colour of the vehicle
the registration number
how long has it been there
the exact location of the vehicle
See leaflet below for more information,
Local authorities are under a duty (section 3(1) of the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978) to remove a vehicle which is abandoned in their area on any land in the open air or on any other land forming part of a highway. However, the duty does not apply to vehicles abandoned on private land where the costs of moving the vehicle to the nearest highway would be disproportionately high.
If the vehicle is in a dangerous condition or burnt out then the police will be called to remove it.
Abandoning a vehicle is a criminal offence. The maximum penalty for abandoning a vehicle is a fine of £2,500 or 3 month's imprisonment or both.
Last Updated: 25/07/2018