Abandoned and burned out vehicles are a blight on the landscape. It is estimated that there are around 300,000 vehicles abandoned in England every year. Birmingham and the West Midlands carries more than its fair share of this problem.
Your local authority is responsible for the disposal of abandoned vehicles. If you think a vehicle is abandoned on the public highway then you should report it. You must however be certain that the vehicle is on a public and not a private road or private land. If the vehicle is taxed it may not be abandoned.
Dumping a vehicle or setting it alight is a criminal offence and can result in a hefty fine or imprisonment. The burned out wreck shown in this picture was unceremoniously dumped and set on fire in the Woodgate Valley Country Park. The morons responsible would have no clue or even spare a thought to the mindless futility of their actions or the damage to the environment.
If you think you have found an abandoned vehicle it would be wise to check with the Abandoned Vehicle Guide before you report it. This useful information outlines the law and provides a check list prior to reporting an abandoned vehicle.
In Birmingham alone, the City Council will deal with thousands of abandoned vehicles every year. Just why people abandone vehicles is not entirely clear in the majority of cases. It is probably due more to ignorance in not realising that the Birmingham City Council can arrange free removal and destruction. All it takes is a phone call.
Report Abandoned Vehicles, Tel: 0121 303 1112 or Tel: 0121 303 1100