Abandoned vehicles

It is an offence to leave a vehicle, including cars, trucks and motorbikes, on a public roadway or footpath once the vehicle registration has expired. The vehicle should be relocated onto private property to avoid an infringement and the possible removal of the vehicle by Brisbane City Council.

For vehicles believed to be abandoned, Council must follow legal procedures before the vehicle can be removed from the roadway or footpath. This process can take up to six weeks to complete. During this time, the vehicle is inspected and surrounding properties checked to see if an owner can be located. Registration checks may also be performed to help locate the owner.

Only after these checks are performed, and if no owner has claimed the vehicle, will it be removed.

Make a complaint

You can report an abandoned vehicle online. If you believe your vehicle has been removed by Council, phone 07 3403 8888.

Last updated: 28 April 2019
Topics: parking