Council explains why it takes weeks to remove abandoned cars

THE parked commodoore on Gladstone Benaraby Road has attracted the eyes of many drivers, and heavy-handed thieves.

It has been parked there for weeks and now has no wheels, battery, fan belt or windows --- all either broken or stolen.

Last week one of our letter writers explained why they weren't happy about the car that was abandoned on the Dawson Hwy. The next day it was removed from the roads.

"Won't be long before someone throws a match to it. It sticks out like a big neon sign that says 'Welcome to Boganville'...

Posted by The Observer on Sunday, 10 January 2016

In a statement from the Gladstone Regional Council, they said they were aware of the vehicle and were also investigating the matter of the car at the Toolooa Bends.

"It is an offence to leave a vehicle on the roadway or footpath once the vehicle registration has expired. Vehicles that are registered and legally parked cannot be deemed as abandoned and are permitted on the road reserve," it said.

Under the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995, Council can remove and tow abandon vehicles, however, the vehicle must meet certain criteria prior to Council legally being able to tow a vehicle.

The process of removing an abandoned vehicle can take 4 - 6 weeks.

After the council completes all checks on the vehicle a notice is placed there for a week warning that the car will be towed if it is not removed.

When is a vehicle abandoned?
• The vehicle has not moved and has been in the same location for an unusual length of time.
• The owner of the vehicle is unknown
• The vehicle does not display registration plates or does not have a valid registration.
To report an abandoned vehicle phone the council's regulatory services on 4977 6821

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