View vehicle seizure notices

We have the authority to seize a vehicle if we believe it has been used to commit a waste crime such as fly-tipping. We must display the details of all vehicles seizures in our main office and our website within one day of seizing the vehicle.

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

A vehicle can be seized if:

  • it’s been used to illegally dump waste (fly tipping) in a way that could cause pollution to the environment or harm to public health
  • it’s been driven by someone not registered as a waste carrier
  • it’s been used at a site that’s breaking the rules of an environmental permit
  • it’s been breaking the rules of duty of care, for example it has been used to transfer waste to someone not registered as a waste carrier

What happens when a vehicle has been seized

A seized vehicle can be held for up to 15 working days whilst a waste crime is being investigated and we have the right to sell or destroy it after this time has passed. If we take the case to court, the vehicle will be held for the duration of the prosecution.

See what can happen to your vehicle if you are caught fly tipping.

Claiming a seized vehicle

To claim a seized vehicle you must be the legal owner of the vehicle and be able to provide:

  • the V5C vehicle registration document in your name with your correct address
  • a current certificate of motor insurance in your name with your correct address

If we require further proof of ownership we’ll notify you within one working day. We must then receive any further required proof of ownership from you within two working days.

Our final decision on your vehicle claim will be sent to you within three working days.

Collecting a seized vehicle

If you’ve claimed a vehicle you’ll have 10 working days to collect it, unless we need to keep it for further investigation or are in the process of prosecuting. If you haven’t collected your claimed vehicle within 10 working days it can be sold or destroyed.