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Abandoned VehiclesNgā waka kua whakarērea

If there is a vehicle on the road that you suspect has been abandoned you can notify the NCC Customer Service Team on +64 6 835 7579 or completed the online form below.
If you think your vehicle has been towed, please contact the Police in the first instance as they may know the location of your vehicle, if not, possibly your vehicle has been stolen..

Abandoned Vehicles

A vehicle that appears to be abandoned would need to be stationary on the public road for an unusual length of time with no activity seen around the vehicle.
A vehicle remains the responsibility of its last registered owner. The Council will charge the last owner of an abandoned motor vehicle where they are identified, with the removal and disposal cost of the vehicle. 

Reporting an abandoned vehicle

You can contact us to report an abandoned vehicle. To help resolve the problem, please have as much of the following information available as you can:

  • Where is the vehicle located? (exact address)
  • What is the vehicle’s make, model, colour
  • Does it have a number plate?        
  • How long has the vehicle been there?
  • Does the vehicle come from the street?
  • Is the vehicle damaged/burnt out

Report an abandoned vehicle to the Council by calling our Customer Services Centre on 06 835 7579 or complete the online form below for Reporting an Abandoned Vehicle.


Abandoned vehicle on the State Highway

Vehicles abandoned on State Highways are the responsibility of the NZ Transport Agency and they can be contacted in the first instance.

Reclaiming Vehicle

A vehicle that has been removed will not be returned to the owner until such time as the cost of towage and storage has been paid in full to Napier City Council. You will need to provide proof of ownership of the vehicle with suitable identification.  Arrangements will then be made with you to collect the vehicle.

Vehicle Impounded 

If you think your vehicle may have been towed as an abandoned vehicle, please contact the NZ Police in the first instance, as they may be aware of the location of the vehicle.

Otherwise, please contact the Council by calling our Customer Services Centre on 06 835 7579 with information of where the vehicle was located, plate number, colour, make, model etc.


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