Vehicle seizure notices

When we can seize a vehicle

We can seize a vehicle where we have grounds to believe that a vehicle has been used in the commission of a fly-tipping offence, or grounds to believe that controlled waste has been or is being transported without the appropriate registration.

The police and the registered keeper will also be notified in writing.

Claim your vehicle

To claim your vehicle you must be the legal owner of the vehicle.  Details of how to do so are included on the notice.

We will agree whether you are the owner or not within three working days. 

If we decide not to investigate further or prosecute, you will have 10 working days to collect your vehicle.
 

Vehicles we have seized

The Control of Waste (Dealing with Seized Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 stipulate that where a vehicle is seized, we must publish a notice of seizure on our website. We must make information about the vehicles we seize available to the public for at least 15 days

If we decide to investigate or prosecute

We can keep your vehicle in storage for up to 15 working days if we need to investigate an offence. We may keep it longer to continue an investigation or we decide to prosecute.
 
If our investigation shows that your vehicle was used for a waste crime, we will always consider prosecuting you. 
 
We will keep your vehicle during the court process. However if the court decides that you have committed a waste crime, they may take away your vehicle permanently.
 

Further information

For any enquiries relating to vehicle seizures please contact the Environmental Health Service at  environmentalhealth@sandwell.gov.uk  or by telephone on 0121 569 6600.