It is an offence under Local Law No. 10 (Public Health) 1999 to abandon a vehicle on a road or on a public place.
An unregistered vehicle which is parked on a road it is deemed to be an abandoned vehicle.
A road means a local government road or state-controlled road, other than a motorway. A public place means premises or land of which the local government is the owner or occupier.
The object of the local law is to ensure that acts or omissions do not result in risks to public health or safety, or a loss of amenity.
Council officers investigating complaints have a number of enforcement options. Refer to the Abandoned Vehicles Fact Sheet (PDF 156 KB)
If an abandoned vehicle is impounded, it is towed away by a Council contractor to a holding yard. If the owner is located, they are issued with an advice letter. If the owner is not located, the vehicle is advertised as impounded below within 14 days of impounding. If unclaimed, it is disposed of by public auction
Council may dispose of vehicles with no value, for example burnt out vehicles, a vehicle without an engine, a vehicle severely damaged, a vehicle stripped of parts or wrecked, a vehicle dilapidated or rusted throughout - at the Browns Plains Waste & Recycling Facility.
Claims for impounded vehicles
Council will issue the owner of an impounded vehicle with an advice letter. A claim for a vehicle must be made within one month of the advice letter and accompanied by a completed Application for Release of Impounded Goods (PDF 35 KB) payment of the release fee and presentation of satisfactory ownership details, e.g. personal identification, registration papers, motor dealer documents, a statutory declaration. A person acting on the owner's behalf or claiming right to possession must also provide satisfactory evidence of their right to possession and authority to act on behalf of the owner.
All applications must be lodged at the Council Administration Centre.
For safety reasons, an owner seeking the release of an unregistered vehicle must arrange for a licensed tow truck (tray back) to transport the vehicle from Council's impounding yard. The use of car trailers is not permitted.
If a successful claim is not made for the return of a vehicle within one month of notice then the vehicle will be disposed of in accordance with Local Law No. 2 (Administration) 2010, Section 42(5) Disposal of Vehicle.
Impounded vehicle auction
Unclaimed vehicles are offered for sale at public auction in accordance with Council's local law.
Details of the next impounded vehicle auction are being confirmed. Please check the website regularly for date, time and venue details and to view a list of vehicles to be auctioned.
For more information contact Council on 07 3412 5318.