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Getting tough on abandoned vehicles

By johnboy - 26 March 2009 25

Jon Stanhope has proudly announced the introduction of his Roads and Public Places Amendment Bill 2009 into the Assembly.

    “This Bill will allow a City Ranger, after assessing and finding that a vehicle is likely to be abandoned, to affix a warning notice similar to a ‘defective vehicle notice’ to the windscreen of the vehicle. The vehicle’s owner will also be contacted by telephone.

    “Consistent with existing legislation the last registered owner or identified operator of the vehicle will be required to remove the vehicle within two working days. The Australian Federal Police will also be notified and the details of the suspected abandoned vehicle checked against the record of vehicles that have been reported as stolen.

I’ve always found an abandoned vehicle problem to represent a lack of enterprise on the part of local scrappers.

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Getting tough on abandoned vehicles
bd84 9:42 pm 26 Mar 09

ramblingted said :

So previously, rangers could get abandoned vehicles taken away…now, thanks to the new legisaltion, …they can get abandoned vehicles taken away…

You will find the process and time abandoned are now different. From memory, the previous policy was that the car had to be abandoned for 7 days before they would remove it, the exceptions were if the car was in a dangerous position or if it had been vandalised. Now they can be reported and gone in 2 days.

pptvb 9:35 pm 26 Mar 09

Just keep your rego current… if it lapses by 1 day, your vehicle parked on your nature strip is an abandoned vehicle.

gertel 9:13 pm 26 Mar 09

I hadn’t heard the gubmint was considering it – just that it had been suggested. From memory the deal was that you get $3k off the price of a new car. The scheme was proposed by the Motor Traders Association (surprise, surprise)

I think the suggestion was for cars made in or before 1998 but I guess that would really depend on the car. I wouldn’t trade in my 98 Subaru Liberty – it feels like it’s just run in!

Now a 98 Excel – that’s another story LOL

grump 8:52 pm 26 Mar 09

news story just this week was s suggestion the government is considering a plan where they pay you $3000 to have your old banger scrapped to encourage getting old clap traps off the road – I see a market opportunity here if it comes to pass – memories of collecting cans and bottles when I was kid to get the 5c deposit on them to bolster the pocket money!! 🙂

p1 8:04 pm 26 Mar 09

Don’t the scrap metal guys give you $50 for cars? Do they ask you if it is yours first?

jessieduck 6:09 pm 26 Mar 09

ramblingted said :

So previously, rangers could get abandoned vehicles taken away…now, thanks to the new legisaltion, …they can get abandoned vehicles taken away…

shhhhh… don’t over think it.

ramblingted 6:05 pm 26 Mar 09

So previously, rangers could get abandoned vehicles taken away…now, thanks to the new legisaltion, …they can get abandoned vehicles taken away…

Instant Mash 5:21 pm 26 Mar 09

jessieduck said :

Because I would be embarrassed by it- I don’t have small penis syndrome.

Touche.

neanderthalsis 5:19 pm 26 Mar 09

We had an abondoned vehicle next to our place in Belco recently. It had been there for a few weeks, not a bad looking car, early 90’s toyota cressida with a broken windscreen. Sent an email to via CanberraConnect to the rangers, they came out that afternoon, took the details and wrote on the windows of the car. It was gone 7 days later, presumably towed away.

So, the system works (strange for part of the Canberra bureaucracy to be efficient…)

jessieduck 5:13 pm 26 Mar 09

Because I would be embarrassed by it- I don’t have small penis syndrome.

Instant Mash 5:08 pm 26 Mar 09

Why not hotwire it? It’s not like anybodys coming back for it hahaha.

jessieduck 5:07 pm 26 Mar 09

Instant Mash said :

We should just write up a similar thing to “Squatter’s Law”… If it stay’s on your property for a certain period of time, it becomes yours.

I like that idea- if only someone would dump something nice for me… Usually they are very banged up cars 19 year old boys would like. At the moment I have a flashy Mitsubishi sports car thingy that looks as though it may have done the Canberra leg of the Dakar Rally. Very banged up- I think it might be dead.

Instant Mash 5:03 pm 26 Mar 09

We should just write up a similar thing to “Squatter’s Law”… If it stay’s on your property for a certain period of time, it becomes yours.

jessieduck 5:01 pm 26 Mar 09

I get so many dumped cars in my visitors car park area- At least 8 a year. I usually wait a week or two and then call the police to say “found it”. They are very good at letting you know if it is stolen or abandoned- if it’s abandoned I get onto the Body Corp to sort out.

Instant Mash 4:56 pm 26 Mar 09

From experience, I doubt that’s gonna work too well.

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