Abandoned vehicles

Queensland Police and Council are responsible for responding to complaints regarding abandoned vehicles.


Council removes abandoned vehicles from all roads and public land, except for the Bruce Highway.  Council does not deal with abandoned vehicles on private land.

An abandoned vehicle is a vehicle for which Council is unable to locate an owner.  If the owner of the vehicle is identified, the vehicle cannot be deemed abandoned and Council is unable to remove it.  In this instance the matter can be referred to the Police.

To report unregistered abandoned vehicles dumped on council property contact Council with a description of the vehicle and its location.

Should the vehicle owner be found, or the vehicle owner later contact Council to claim their vehicle, they must pay any costs incurred by Council prior to the vehicle being released.

Vehicles which remain unclaimed after 30 days, are sold by public auction.

Queensland Police

Residents should contact the Queensland Police if they believe that a registered vehicle has been abandoned or parked in a hazardous position.