Abandoned vehicles

Abandoned vehicles

What is an abandoned vehicle?

Any vehicle that appears not to be in regular use and is not roadworthy will be regarded as abandoned unless it is being kept on private land with the landowners or occupiers permission.

As the requirement to diaplay a valid tax disc no longer exists it is not immediately obvious whether the vehicle is taxed and  has a valid MOT.

However it is now possible to search for a vehicle on the government database to check whether it has valid road tax and and an MOT certificate.


If there is both road tax and MOT, the car is not parked illegally and is in roadworthy condition then we will take no further action.

How do I report an abandoned vehicle?

You can report an abandoned vehicle using our online form.

You can also call the contact centre by telephone on 01922 653344 or via email cleanandgreen@walsall.gov.uk

Have the following information available (or as much as possible):

  • Exact location of vehicle
  • Make and model of vehicle
  • Colour
  • Registration number
  • Condition of vehicle

What happens next?

An enforcement officer will visit the location within one working day of notification. If the vehicle is of low value, a 24 hour notice will be attached to the vehicle,if unclaimed the vehicle will be removed.

If the vehicle is on private land, a 15 day notice will be served on the owner or occupier of the land.

If the vehicle is of value, and therefore should not be destroyed, the vehicle may be taken into storage and a seven day notice served on the registered keeper. No notices will be put on the vehicle.

Contact us

Clean and Green
Walsall Council Environmental Depot
200 Pelsall Road

Telephone 01922 653344
Email cleanandgreen@walsall.gov.uk

This page was last updated on 27 September 2016