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Abandoned Vehicles

Is there an abandoned vehicle in your road, one that has been there for some time, has it got flat tyres, no tax, in a poor condition, is it an eyesore, is it being vandalised. Then read on for further details.

How to report an abandoned vehicle

Please use our online Abandoned Vehicle Report Form or contact us using the details below.

As a matter of routine you may be asked to provide your name, address and phone number any information you give will be taken in a confidential manner. You will be asked for details of where the vehicle is, its colour, registration number, make, condition, how long it has been there, is it taxed and if so, the expiry date.

It is helpful if you can provide the following information:

  • Registration No
  • Colour
  • Make
  • Model
  • Condition
  • Location
  • How long it has been there
  • Tax expiry

Report a problem on your mobile phone

The Dudley Council App allows you to easily and immediately report problems using your mobile.

The Problem

Abandoned vehicles are an increasing problem both locally and nationally. Some car owners abandon old vehicles without caring for the consequences. This creates an eyesore and can encourage vandalism and arson, endangering lives, property and the environment. The Council considers a car abandoned when no one claims to own it.

Dudley Council is working together with the West Midlands Police and the West Midlands Fire service to deal with abandoned vehicles and nuisance vehicles as speedily as possible. Before the Council can deal with a vehicle certain enquiries have to be made, before the vehicle is removed, stored and eventually destroyed. To help us with this problem if you see a vehicle in your road, which you feel maybe abandoned, then contact the Council and arrangements will be made to inspect the vehicle.

Alternatively, if you have a vehicle you no longer want, rather than leave it on the side of the road, or on a grass verge contact a local scrap yard and arrange for its safe removal and disposal.

What to do

Please dispose of your unwanted vehicles by taking them to a vehicle breakers yard. Suggested contractors locally who can offer a service are:

  • Nine Locks Dismantlers 01384 76566
  • Shakespeare and Co 01384 296757
  • ELV Recycling Ltd, Vehicle Recovery, Depollution and Disposal, Unit 18 Premier Estate, Leys Road, Brierley Hill, DY5 3UP 

What will we do

The vehicle will be assessed by a Council Officer, and if considered abandoned, will be removed as soon as is reasonably practical.  Abandoned vehicles can be removed from private land if they can be picked up without difficulty and if the landowner gives consent to the removal. If the landlord or land owner refuses consent the Council will not be able to enter the land to remove the vehicle.

We treat a vehicle as being abandoned if:

  • There is no road tax disc or a road tax disc that has expired for over a month
  • It is left on any land in the open air in such circumstances or for such a period that it may be reasonably assumed to be abandoned, or, if the vehicle had been brought to the piece of land for the purpose of abandonment 

What are the penalties for abandoning a car?

The Council can issue a range of Fixed Penalty Notices (fines) for offences that can have a negative impact on the local environment; these include offences relating to litter, dog fouling, fly tipping, waste and abandonment of vehicles.

For further information on fines please see:

Prosecutions Register

A public register of prosecutions is maintained detailing details of prosecutions and formal cautions issued in the last three years. Where serious offences arise or there is a history of non-compliance, consideration will be given to pursuing prosecution or formal caution. 

Before we undertake any criminal proceedings in court we have to ensure that the case is in the public interest to prosecute. We may instead offer alleged offenders the opportunity to formally admit their guilt and accept a formal caution.

What to do if your car has been moved

You can get it back if it has not been destroyed but only of you pay the Council’s statutory charges, and provide evidence that you are the owner.

Service charges apply to those customers who wish to retrieve their vehicles. Please see Service Charges for retrieving an Abandoned Vehicle for information on the current fees.

If your car was stolen but we have moved it, provided you have notified the police and your insurance company any removal costs will normally be paid by your insurance company, who will be invoiced by the Council direct.

If your vehicle was undamaged your insurance company will return your vehicle to you at their expense.

Contact Details

  • Name Waste Care, Environmental Management
  • Address Directorate of the Urban Environment, Waste Care, Lister Road Depot, Lister Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY2 8JW
  • Telephone 0300 555 2345