Unregistered, abandoned or unsightly vehicles on roads

It is an offence to leave a vehicle, including but not limited to cars, trucks, trailers, caravans and motorbikes, on a public roadway, or road related area (e.g. footpath, dividing strip or public cycle paths) 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.

It is also an offence to leave a registered vehicle on a road or road related area that is otherwise believed to be abandoned, parked in a hazardous location or, if considered by an authorised person on reasonable grounds, is unsightly or dilapidated. Unsightly vehicles can also be considered unsightly objects when on private land.

The Health, Safety and Amenity Local Law 2021 outlines the process that Council undertakes when dealing with unregistered, abandoned, or unsightly vehicles on roads and road related areas. Vehicles parked in a hazardous location will be removed immediately by Council. For unregistered, abandoned or unsightly vehicles, all checks to ascertain the owner of a vehicle that are possible (without entering the vehicle) are performed prior to removal of the vehicle and the owner is given a chance to remove it voluntarily. 

Unwanted Vehicles

Council is not affiliated with any tow operator for the purpose of removing unwanted vehicles. 
Private tow truck operators, second-hand vehicle dealerships or scrap metal recycling businesses may be able to assist with the removal of an unwanted vehicle, some offering a free or low-cost service. 

Make a complaint

You can report an abandoned, unsightly or unregistered vehicle online. If you believe your vehicle has been removed by Council you can check the list or phone 07 3403 8888.

To assist the community with resolving health and safety issues without Council intervention, we have developed the following letter template which you may wish to use. Simply print out the template, fill in the required details and place it in the letterbox of the neighbour who is in charge of the vehicle.

Last updated: 28 February 2022
Topics: parking

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