Abandoned vehicles are unsightly and dangerous, creating an eyesore which can encourage vandalism and arson, endangering lives, property and the environment. Council works to remove abandoned vehicles as quickly as possible, however the community also has a role to play in solving this problem.
A vehicle is deemed abandoned if:
- The vehicle has been in the same location for an unusual length of time;
- The vehicle has a derelict appearance and appears inoperable (no tyres etc.);
- The owner cannot be located; or
- The vehicle does not display a valid registration plate.
Any motorised vehicle, trailer, caravan, horse float or similar that is parked on any roadway or public place under the control of Council can be removed if abandoned.
If you are aware of a possibly abandoned vehicle please report it to Council so that it can be investigated and actioned.
Council will investigate and determine:
- If the vehicle is currently registered – no action will be taken unless the vehicle is parked in a position that is a hazard or danger to motorists.
- If unregistered and able to identify the owner - Council will ask the owner to move the vehicle to an area within their property boundary.
- If unregistered and the owner of the vehicle is not locatable – a Council Officer will affix to the vehicle a notice under the Local Law No. 4 (Local Government Controlled Areas and Roads) 2012. This notice states that unless the owner removes the vehicle within the period of time stated on the “abandoned vehicles sticker” (usually seven days), Council will remove it to their approved holding yard.
After the expiry date on the notice, Council will conduct another inspection to determine if the vehicle has been removed. If the vehicle remains on public property, Council will arrange to have the vehicle removed.
If the vehicle has been removed by Council under the Local Law No. 1 (Administration) 2012, it can be reclaimed if proof of ownership or authority to act on the owner’s behalf is provided, and any outstanding fees are paid. Please contact Council to find out if a vehicle has been removed by Council.