Abandoned vehicles

Abandoned vehicles

How to report an abandoned vehicle

Each year around 1,000 vehicles are abandoned in the City of Sydney local area.

If a vehicle is parked on the street and has not moved for 2 months, it may be considered to be abandoned and may be impounded, even if the vehicle is registered.

Our rangers investigate each report of an abandoned vehicle by:

  • attempting to contact the last known owner to move the vehicle
  • checking if the vehicle is registered and is not stolen
  • regularly monitoring the vehicle until we hear from the owner
  • removing the vehicle if the owner takes no action.

This process can take anywhere from 7 to 60 business days, depending on the registration status of the vehicle.

If a vehicle has already been reported to us, it will have an abandoned sticker on the windscreen or windows.

To the owner of this vehicle. This vehicle has been reported as being abandoned and will be removed under section 16 of the Impounding Act 1993. Persons unlawfully interfering with this vehicle will be prosecuted. All enquiries should be made to the City of Sydney Rangers Unit on 02 9265 9333.

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Please note, we can only investigate vehicles that have been abandoned on public land.

Last updated: Wednesday, 17 April 2019