There are rules and regulations concerning abandoned or hazardous vehicles, the private sale of vehicles on the roadside and vehicles that have been impounded and subsequently put up for auction.

Abandoned or Hazardous Vehicles

  • An abandoned vehicle includes an unregistered vehicle parked on a local government controlled area (footpath) or road, or a hazardous vehicle (currently registered or unregistered) that has been left on a road or footpath in a way that creates a risk.
  • If it has been established that a vehicle is abandoned or hazardous, Ipswich City Council will take steps to remove the vehicle from the road by towing. It is an offence and a contravention of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 to park an unregistered vehicle on the road or footpath.

Abandoned and Hazardous Vehicles Factsheet (PDF, 431.3 KB)

Roadside Vehicle Sales

Vehicle Roadside Sales Factsheet (PDF, 343.8 KB)

Impounded Vehicles

  • The vehicles listed in the table below (current as of 11 September 2020) will be offered for sale by public auction.
  • The auction will take place at council's Kenneth Street Depot, 2 Kenneth Street, Riverview date to be advised pursuant to Section 100 of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995.
  • There are no public toilets available at the depot due to current COVID restrictions.
  • Enclosed footwear required.  No thongs or open shoes.
  • Viewing of the listed vehicles is permitted from 8.00am on the day of auction.
  • Council reserves the right to withdraw any vehicle from an advertised auction without prior notice.
  • Owners wishing to reclaim vehicles prior to auction should refer to Release of Impounded Vehicles underneath the below table.
  • Any vehicle purchased at the auction needs to be removed by a specified date and time, or further release fees will apply.
Impounded Vehicles List
Current as of 21 September 2020

AV No.

Vehicle Description

Found Location

Reg. No.


749       Silver Ford Focus SedanGlossop Street, Brassall Unknown Intact               
760         Black Holden Astra HatchbackWatheroo Street, Ripley             573SOHIntact       
775            Orange Mitsubishi Lancer Sedan          Melville Drive, Brassall     800XMX     Damaged              
778             White Volkswagon Golf Hatchback             Earl Street, Dinmore 684YSZ           Intact           
779        Utility        Old Grandchester Road, Grandchester Unknown       Burnt out               
780           Red Holden Cruise Sedan Sunbird Avenue, Redbank Plains   Unknown         Intact     
782         White Kia Rio Sedan     Lindsay Street, Bundamba Unknown       Intact    
783             Black Nissan Navara Dual Cab Aldinga Street, Redbank Plains        966REL              Intact            
784        White Holden Rodeo Utility Warwick Road, Yamanto 510ZFI Intact
786         Black BMW 3181 Sedan      Ishmael Road, Camira        Unknown Intact            
787            Blue Hyundai Getz Hatchback     Paynes Road, Ebenzer      Unknown         Intact
788              Black Mazda 3 Hatchback       Weymouth Street, Bundamba Unknown Intact           
789             White Toyota Camry Sedan               Harper Street, Raceview Unknown    Intact          
790 Silver Ford Falcon Sedan Woodline Drive, Spring Mountain 908LOCIntact
791 Silver Mazda 6 Sedan Jaffray Street, Bellbird Park 123YWC Intact
792 Grey Mitsubishi Lancer Sedan Blum Gum Reserve, Karalee 573YHH Intact
793 White Ford Fiesta Hatchback Evelyn Close, Deebing Heights CS39ETIntact
794 Grey Volkswagon Passat Meridian avenue, Springfield Lakes 902YHS Intact
795White Holden Rodeo Dual Cab Pendragon Street, Raceview Unknown  
796White Holden Commodore SedanTregair Street, Newtown229ZOYIntact
797White Toyota Camry SedanNapier Circuit, SilkstoneUnknownIntact
798Black Homemade Box TrailerCreekwood Circuit, Spring MountainDK2186/BZ6490Intact
799Blue Mitsubishi Lancer sedanHighbury Drive, Redbank Plains372GJHIntact
800Diahatsu Charade hatchbackPaynes Road, EbenezerUnknownBurnt out

Removal of Purchased Vehicles

Purchasers must make arrangements to legally tow or transport vehicles from council’s depot, noting the below:

  • There will NOT be any forklift available for the movement of any vehicles - please make alternative arrangements.
  • Vehicles are sold in current condition, unregistered and a PPSR search is provided.
  • Enclosed footwear is compulsory.
  • Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • Animals, smoking and alcohol are not permitted on depot grounds.

Release of Impounded Vehicles

Impounded vehicles are held at an Ipswich City Council holding yard at Riverview. A vehicle may be claimed by the owner within one month from the date of being impounded, subject to:

  • Completion of an impounded vehicle release form
  • Payment of the prescribed release fee - refer to fees and charges
  • Provision of proof of ownership of vehicle (registration details, purchase receipt) and proof of identity (driver licence)
  • A person acting on behalf of the owner must satisfy council of their right to possession and authority to act on behalf of the owner.

If a successful claim is not made for the return of a vehicle within one month of the date of impounding, then ownership of the vehicle (and anything in, on or attached to the vehicle) rests with the local government and the local government may dispose of the vehicle in accordance with section 40 of Ipswich City Council’s Local Law No.1 (Administration) 2013.

All enquiries for the return of impounded vehicles should be made to Ipswich City Council on (07) 3810 6666.