A vehicle may be unregistered and parked on a public street but not necessarily abandoned. Enquiries would be made to identify the owner, establish the reasons as to why the vehicle is parked on the street and the owner can be requested to remove the vehicle.
It is an offence to ‘Stand Unregistered Vehicle on Public Street’. This offence is enforced by the NSW Police Force. Council does not have the authorisation to enforce or issue a penalty notice.
If a vehicle is unregistered, parked on a public street and the owner can not be identified, Council would consider the vehicle to be abandoned. Council can impound the vehicle and remove the vehicle.
If a vehicle has been burnt out etc and is on a public street, Council would in the first instance let police complete any relevant investigations and then from notification from police, follow on with requiring the owner to effect removal if required. We can then proceed to impound if the vehicle is not removed.
Where vehicles are causing a danger, council may remove the vehicle immediately. The owner of the vehicle is liable for any costs incurred in the removal and storage of the vehicles as well as any related penalty notices