Abandoned and wrecked vehicles can be impounded, especially if they are causing an obstruction on a public road or reserve. Owners need to claim their vehicle within 7 days or the vehicles and contents can be sold, destroyed or donated.
Council can impound unregistered and abandoned cars, trucks, motorbikes, trailers, caravans and tractors (including contents) according to the Local Government Act (1989).
An Unregistered or Abandoned Vehicle Notice may be placed on a vehicle that is deemed abandoned, wrecked or causing obstruction (illegal or dangerously parked) on a public road or reserve (does not apply to private property). The notice advises the owner to remove the vehicle from the street immediately or the vehicle will be impounded.
Fees and Fines
An impound fee of $353 (and a storage fee may apply) applies to owners claiming their impounded vehicle. A fine may also be issued to the last registered owner.
Owners must claim their vehicle within 7 days from the date of impoundment. Vehicles that are unclaimed will be sold, destroyed or donated (including their contents) in order to recoup Council’s costs.