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Rangers hunt for abandoned cars
Territory and Municipal Services senior ranger Glenn Tomlinson and city ranger Andrew Melville had
to deal with 1500 abandoned cars in the ACT last year.
Picture: Elesa Lee
ABOUT 1500 abandoned vehicles
were located across the capital last
year, but ACT rangers claim that
number is on the decline.
Territory and Municipal Services
senior ranger Glenn Tomlinson spoke
to The Chronicle in relation to the
number of dumped vehicles that
appear across Canberra and said while
the reasons for why vehicles are
dumped may vary, most often it is
because they have become a financial
burden on the owner.
''Maybe they don't have the money
to fix them or register them ... most of
them are unregistered and I guess that
makes them a financial burden,'' he
''You do find some people's posses-
sions -- their clothes, bags, sometimes
their cutlery and blankets -- like
they've been living in the car.
''You can often see they've been
going through some sort of struggle,
but we can't help them because we
don't know who they are.''
He said the rangers largely rely on
the general public to notify them about
an abandoned vehicle. ''We have
seven rangers, but we can't be every-
where,'' he said.
''The more people can report to us,
the more we can react to it.''
If an abandoned vehicle is believed
to have been stolen, it becomes a
matter for ACT Police, but for all other
vehicles, Mr Tomlinson says the
rangers act as swiftly as possible.
''We have a legislative application
we have to apply ... if we suspect a
vehicle is abandoned, we put a notice
on that car which gives the owner 48
hours to remove the vehicle,'' he said.
''If it's not removed in the time
frame, it's impounded.''
Last year about 240 dumped vehi-
cles -- for which no owner could be
found -- were impounded, but Mr
Tomlinson believes that number is on
''It's gone down from a couple of
years back when the numbers were in
the 400s to 500s,'' he said.
Once the vehicle has been impoun-
ded, a second notice is sent to its last
registered owner and an average of 30
people come forward to reclaim their
While there is no infringement or
penalty enforced when the owner
finally comes to collect the vehicle,
they are asked to pay a number of fees.
Vehicles which aren't claimed are
either disposed of through a metal
recycler or sold at a public auction.
Mr Tomlinson believes the cost
inflicted on the ACT Government
through the cleanup of these vehicles is
''There is a cost, but some of it is
recouped by the owners coming back
to claim the vehicles and through the
auction sales,'' he said.
''Also the community sees vehicles
moved on quicker and the town looks
cleaner and tidier.
''The outcome outweighs the costs
in my opinion.''
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