Abandoned vehicles

How we deal with suspected abandoned vehicles

Council's Rangers can investigate concerns regarding vehicles (including cars and trailers) which may have been abandoned by their owner. The investigation to determine if a vehicle is abandoned is carried out under the Impounding Act 1993 (the Act).

Public vs private property

This type of investigation can only be conducted when the vehicle is in a public place. Council officers do not deal with abandoned vehicles located on private property. Abandoned vehicles located on private land would need to be managed by the land owner and occupier of the premises.

Reporting a vehicle you suspect is abandoned

If you wish to report a vehicle you think might be abandoned you can do so by contacting Council's Call Centre on 1300 722 542 during business hours, Monday to Friday or report it at council@randwick.nsw.gov.au

Unregistered vs abandoned vehicles

Although a vehicle may be unregistered, or does not display a registration label, it does not mean that the vehicle is abandoned. Council often receives customer requests regarding unregistered vehicles, as it is commonly thought that an unregistered vehicle is 'abandoned'. However, the registration status of a vehicle is not indicative that an owner has abandoned the motor vehicle and registration is not a consideration within the provisions of the Act.

Claims of ownership

If, during the course of Council's investigation, the owner (or a person acting on behalf of the owner) of a vehicle, contacts Council and claims ownership of the vehicle then Council is unable to determine that the vehicle is abandoned. Therefore, Council will be unable to remove the vehicle, except in certain cases where the vehicle poses a hazard to pedestrians and other road users.

Non-compliance

Failure to comply with the Impounding Act 1993 can result in fines and penalties being imposed on a person who abandons a motor vehicle in a public place.

Police enforcement

The Council's officers are not authorised to enforce matters relating to the registration of a vehicle. This authority is however provided to NSW Police. Information regarding the enforcement of unregistered vehicles by the Police, may be obtained by contacting Maroubra Police on 9349 9299.

Contact us

If you wish to report a vehicle you think might be abandoned you can do so by contacting Council's Call Centre on 1300 722 542 during business hours, Monday to Friday or report it at council@randwick.nsw.gov.au

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