Abandoned Vehicles

As per the Impounding Act 1993, Council classifies a vehicle as being abandoned when the vehicle is parked on a public street and the owner of the vehicle cannot be identified.

A vehicle may be unregistered and parked on a public street but not necessarily abandoned. Enquiries would be made to identify the owner, establish the reasons as to why the vehicle is parked on the street and the owner can be requested to remove the vehicle.

It is an offence to ‘Stand Unregistered Vehicle on Public Street’. This offence is enforced by the NSW Police Force. Council does not have the authorisation to enforce or issue a penalty notice.

If a vehicle is unregistered, parked on a public street and the owner cannot be identified, Council would consider the vehicle to be abandoned. Council can impound the vehicle and remove the vehicle.

If a vehicle has been burnt out etc and is on a public street, Council would in the first instance let police complete any relevant investigations. Following notification from police, follow notification from the police Council would then require the owner to remove the vehicle, if this is not undertaken Council will proceed to impound the vehicle.

Where vehicles are causing a danger, Council may remove the vehicle immediately. The owner of the vehicle is liable for any costs incurred in the removal and storage of the vehicles as well as any related penalty notices

Report Abandoned Vehicles

To report an abandoned vehicle contact Council on 6655 7300 between the hours of 7.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday or via email at council@bellingen.nsw.gov.au

Legislation

Impounding Act 1993