A vehicle such as a car, trailer, truck, etc may be considered abandoned if:
- It is parked on a public roadway, and
- It has been there for an unusual length of time, and
- The owner cannot be located, and/or
- It is of derelict appearance
A vehicle remains the responsibility of its last registered owner. The Council will charge the last owner of an abandoned motor vehicle, where they are identified, with the costs of removal and disposal of their abandoned vehicle.
Reporting an abandoned vehicle
You can contact us to report an abandoned vehicle. To help resolve the problem, please have as much of the following information available as you can:
- Where is the vehicle located?
- What is the vehicle’s make, model, colour and registration number?
- How long has the vehicle been there?
- Do you know the name of the vehicle’s owner?
To report an abandoned vehicle,
Removal of Abandoned Vehicles
When the Council receives a complaint of an abandoned vehicle, it will be checked and photographed. If identification can be made, Council will endeavor where possible to contact the registered owner, and they will be given seven days to remove the vehicle unless it is:
- In a dangerous position
- Likely to be damaged by vandals
- Obstructing a public way
In these circumstances, or if the vehicle is not removed by the owner in the allotted time, the vehicle will be removed and stored at the owner’s cost. If identification is not able to be made or no response from the owner within that time frame, as the vehicle is deemed to have no monetary vale to council it will be disposed of.
Reclaiming Abandoned Vehicles
A vehicle which has been removed as abandoned will be held for no longer than 28 days, all arrangements for its return is between the towing company and the registered owner.