Anyone can park a vehicle on a public road if the vehicle is registered and legally parked.

A currently registered vehicle can be parked on a road for 2 months before it can be deemed to be abandoned. A vehicle will not be declared abandoned if it is currently registered to an address nearby.

If a vehicle has been parked near you for a period of time and you're not sure who owns it, talk to your neighbours first.

If you are uncertain whether the vehicle is registered, check its registration status on the VicRoads website

Vehicles are cars, motorcycles, vans, trucks, trailers and caravans.

How to report an abandoned vehicle

If the registration is not current, you can report the vehicle to us as abandoned or unregistered and we'll investigate it. 

Your identity will be kept private.

Report an abandoned vehicle online

Helpful information

Any extra details can help us identify the vehicle. If possible, please provide the vehicle's:

  • registration number
  • location, including street number
  • colour, make and model
  • condition.

Attaching photos will help us locate the vehicle.

We investigate each report

Once you've reported the vehicle, we need to find out if the vehicle is abandoned or just parked. 

We will:

  • check if the vehicle is registered with VicRoads
  • try to identify its owner
  • notify the owner to remove the vehicle if it's unregistered
  • put a notice on the windscreen with the due date for removal
  • monitor the vehicle
  • organise for the vehicle to be towed and impounded if the owner takes no action.

If the vehicle is registered and parked legally, the owner may not need to move their vehicle. 

More information

If you have questions or would like more information, call our Customer service team on (03) 9278 4444 or email [email protected].

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