Abandoned Vehicles

Council has the right under section 45 of the Local Government (Highways) Act 1982 to deal with vehicles left on public highways which are considered to be abandoned.

With any vehicle which may be abandoned Council establishes the name and address of its registered owner through Tasmania Police and makes all reasonable attempts to contact that owner and ask for the vehicle to be removed from the highway. If an owner cannot be contacted or fails to remove the vehicle within a reasonable time there are two options open to Council.

Where it is considered that the value of an abandoned vehicle is likely to be less than the cost of having it towed to storage and kept for 30 days Council may have the vehicle immediately removed from the road and taken for wrecking or recycling.   

Where it is considered that the value of an abandoned vehicle may be more than the cost of having it towed to storage and kept for 30 days, the vehicle may be reclaimed by its registered owner during this time. Vehicles which are unclaimed after 30 days may be disposed of Council as it sees fit.  Council’s current policy is to put such vehicles up for sale by public auction.  

If you are the registered owner of any of these vehicles please contact Clarence City Council on 6217 9500 or clarence@ccc.tas.gov.au. On production of satisfactory evidence of ownership you may collect the vehicle subject to paying towing and impounding fee. Council currently charges a towing fee of $117.50 and an impounding fee of $22.50 per day for a maximum of 30 days.

 

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