Abandoned vehicles are vehicles that are left on a public road, public place or local government land for a period exceeding 24 hours, or which may have been abandoned. Some unwanted vehicles are left in streets and parks, which can be unsightly, attract vandalism and create unsafe road conditions. However vehicles may also have been parked by owners unaware of the consequences.
Section 236 of the Local Government Act 1999 gives Councils the right to expiate or prosecute a person who abandons a vehicle or farm implement on a public road or place.
Section 237 of the Local Government Act 1999 gives Councils power to remove vehicles left for not less than 24 hours. However the intention is to be able to deal with vehicles that have been left for long periods without moving, not to impound a vehicle simply because it has been parked for more than 24 hours.
Section 53 of the Motor Vehicle Act 1959 makes it an offence to leave an unregistered vehicle on a public road. Only the SA Police can take action under this section.
If you see a potentially abandoned vehicle, please contact General Inspector Adrian Packer on: 08 87521 044 for further assistance.