Vehicle Seizure Notices
Sunderland City Council has powers to seize a vehicle, trailer or mobile plant and their contents if it's believed it is being, has been or will be used to commit a waste crime such as fly-tipping. Vehicles and their contents can be seized under the Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989 or the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
A vehicle can be seized in the following circumstances:
- If it is used in fly-tipping
- If it is driven by somebody who is not registered as a waste carrier
- If it is used to transfer waste to somebody who is not registered as the waste carrier
What happens when a vehicle has been seized?
When a vehicle is seized, the council must put details of it on a public notice in their main office within 1 day of seizing the vehicle. They must also put these details on the authority's website or in a local newspaper. The police and the registered keeper will be notified in writing.
A seized vehicle can be held for 15 working days whilst it is being investigated. Where a prosecution has been started, the vehicle will be retained for the duration of the prosecution.
Claiming a seized vehicle
Information on how to claim a seized vehicle will be provided in writing to the registered keeper of the seized vehicle.
Collecting a seized vehicle
Where a vehicle has been claimed the owner will have 10 working days to collect the vehicle, unless we need to keep the vehicle for further investigation or are prosecuting the owner. If a claimed vehicle is to be released and is not collected within 10 working days it can be sold or destroyed. If a vehicle is not claimed within 15 working days, it will be sold or destroyed.