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Abandoned Vehicles

 Abandoned Vehicles

Abandoned vehicles


Abandoned vehicles include:

  • motor vehicles
  • buses
  • caravans
  • trucks
  • trailers
  • boat trailers

A vehicle is considered abandoned when either:

  • the vehicle is parked for any period exceeding 24 hours
  • the vehicle is parked during any period where parking is prohibited or restricted by a sign
  • the vehicle is unregistered or disused

City Rangers may impound any vehicle considered abandoned.

Abandoned vehicles can be reported by contacting City Rangers.


Impounded vehicles


The City’s Parking Local Law states:
  • a driver shall not leave a vehicle, or any part of a vehicle, in a public place so that it obstructs the use of any part of that public place without the permission of the local government or unless authorised under any written law
  • a vehicle which is parked in any portion of a public place where vehicles may be lawfully parked, is deemed to cause an obstruction where:
    • the vehicle is parked for any period exceeding 24 hours
All vehicles that are impounded by the City are taken to the City’s contracted vehicle impounding facility. Impounded vehicles may be recovered after paying the applicable costs for their removal and impounding, plus a daily custody fee.

If the vehicle owner believes their vehicle has been impounded, they should contact City Rangers during business hours.  Details of the amount due should be sought prior to collection as the vehicle will not be released until the full amount due is paid. The owner of the vehicle will also be required  to provide proof of ownership, such as registration papers for the impounded vehicle.

In some circumstances the Vehicle may not to be driven from the impound yard and must be towed from the yard by tow truck. The vehicle owner should confirm this with the impound facility prior to collect. If removal by a tow truck is required the vehicle owner is responsible for removal of the vehicle by tow truck.

 

Impounded vehicle collection


If you believe your vehicle may have been impounded:
  • contact City Rangers during business hours
  • City Rangers will confirm if your vehicle has been impounded and provide contact details for the City’s contracted impound facility.


Recovering your vehicle


  • All impounded vehicles will be located at the City’s contracted impound area.
  • Prior to collection, vehicle owners must pay all costs that are applicable for collection and arrange payment at the City Administration Building at 215 Wright Street Cloverdale.
  • Vehicle owners can attend the facility to recover the vehicle after full payment of all applicable costs for removal, impound and daily custody fees.
  • Proof of vehicle ownership must be provided before a vehicle will be released. No vehicle will be released without proof of ownership.
In some circumstances the Vehicle may not to be driven from the impound yard and must be towed from the yard by tow truck. The vehicle owner should confirm this with the impound facility prior to collect. If removal by a tow truck is required the vehicle owner is responsible for removal of the vehicle by tow truck.

If a vehicle remains uncollected after two months from the date of impound the City may dispose of it by public auction. The City’s contractor conducts regular auctions to dispose of uncollected vehicles.

For further information regarding abandoned vehicles contact City Rangers.