The abandonment of a vehicle is an offence and may incur fines. When a vehicle is left unattended and unregistered on any public road or other Council property, Council will advise the last registered owner by a formal ‘Notice of Intention to Impound’ that it must be either re-registered within a prescribed period or removed to private property. The notice will advise of the fees, charges and penalties applicable for non-compliance with the Notice.
If the last registered owner fails to comply with the Notice, the vehicle will be deemed at law to be abandoned and impounded or destroyed.
After Council has made all enquiries required under the Impounding Act 1993, Division 4 (18) of the Act allows that vehicles that are determined to be worth less than $500.00 may be destroyed upon impounding.
Vehicles deemed to be worth $500.00 or more will be taken to a holding yard when impounding, where they will accrue an impound charge. For these vehicles to be released to the last registered owner, this person must provide to Council, proof of identity, proof of ownership and pay to Council all fees associated with the impound and release of the vehicle.
If a vehicle that is worth $500.00 or more is not claimed by the last registered owner within 28 days of being impounded, it will be auctioned to recover the costs incurred.
To report an abandoned vehicle, contact Council. Please provide details of the location of the vehicle, make of the vehicle, colour and registration number.