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Abandoned Vehicles

What is an abandoned vehicle?

A vehicle is considered abandoned when it has been left in a Council controlled area if any of the following four scenarios apply:

  • (i)  evidence of a vehicle inspection and a licence label affixed to it, but each document has expired by more than 31 days; or
  • (ii)  evidence of a vehicle inspection affixed to it that has expired by more than 31 days and no licence label affixed to it; or
  • (iii) a licence label affixed to it that has expired by more than 31 days and no evidence of vehicle inspection affixed to it; or
  • (iv) neither an evidence of vehicle inspection nor a licence label affixed to it.

How do I report an abandoned vehicle?

Please ring QLDC 03 441 0499. Please provide the following information about the vehicle:

  • Address
  • Location,
  • Make,
  • Model,
  • Registration,
  • Colour.

What happens after I have reported an abandoned vehicle?

  • All reports of abandoned vehicles are investigated by us within 24 hours.
  • We will assess the vehicle in regards to if it meets the criteria for being abandoned. If it meets the criteria we will place a 48 hour notice on it, warning that it will be removed.
  • Following the expiry of the 48 hour notice, the vehicle will be towed.

What happens to the vehicle once it has been towed?

  • We will assess the vehicle and try to identify the owner.
  • Where appropriate, we will have the owner take responsibility for the vehicle, including any costs incurred.
  • Where we cannot locate the owner, the vehicle will be sold or disposed of.