Public Spaces Unattended Property Act 2022
Beginning in November 2022, these laws give councils strong powers to make owners be responsible for their property left in public – on a case-by-case basis.
Abandoned property is called ‘Unattended property’ under the law.
What is Unattended Property?
Property not under the ‘direct control or supervision of a responsible person’. For a car, trailer, motorbike or anything that could have a number plate, unattended means unregistered.
The vehicle must be on public land. Vehicles on private land are not classed as unattended.
Reports are assessed on a case-by-case basis and action is at the discretion of council officers.
What Council requires to act:
Registration plate details from the vehicle, if it has one.
Make, model and colour of vehicle.
How long it has been parked in the location.
The process before an abandoned vehicle can be impounded can take 6 - 8 weeks.