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Abandoned Vehicles

A vehicle is considered abandoned when it has been left in a public place and its warrant of fitness and registrations labels are not visible, or one or both have expired by more than 31 days.

If a vehicle is abandoned, Council is permitted under Section 356 of the Local Government Act 1974 to remove it from roads within the district.

What you can do if a car has been abandoned

Please call 03 520 8330 and report the vehicle.

If you are able to and it is safe to do so, please record the vehicle registration number, make, model, colour and the date and time the vehicle was dumped.

How do I dispose of my car responsibly?

Unwanted cars can be sold to auto wreckers, who will usually remove them at no cost.

What happens if I abandon my car?

If you leave a car on public land, we may remove and dispose of it. (This does not apply to cars on private land.)

If the car has been wrecked or stripped, we may remove and dispose of it straight away. If it is safe to do so, we will leave it where it is while we find the owner.

If you are the last registered owner, we will ask you to remove the vehicle within ten working days. If you don’t, we may consider it to be abandoned and have it removed.

We will keep the car for at least 10 days. After that, we may sell it and use the money from the sale used to cover any towing and storage costs.

In some instances you may receive a Stationary Vehicle Offence Infringement Notice (Fine).