Number of abandoned cars at Brisbane Airport doubles

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By Ruth McCosker

The hunt is on for the owners of more than 30 cars that have been dumped at Brisbane Airport.

There have been 33 cars dumped at the airport so far this past financial year, up from 17 and 13 in the past two years.

The hunt is on for the owners of 33 cars that have been at Brisbane Airport for more than 90 days.

The hunt is on for the owners of 33 cars that have been at Brisbane Airport for more than 90 days. Photo: Glenn Hunt

Many of the cars that have been sitting at the airport for more than 90 days are vans and wagons, several are unroadworthy and six are missing numberplates.

A Brisbane Airport Corporation spokeswoman said there was no concrete reason for the number of dumped cars almost doubling in the past year.

“Passenger numbers are always increasing, especially internationally as more people choose Brisbane Airport as their gateway to/from Australia, which may in some way contribute to the increase in abandoned cars,” she said.

“We would only be speculating on why cars are abandoned – especially for cases where the owner is not contactable.

“The most common type of vehicles abandoned at Brisbane Airport are cheap wagons and vans in very poor, sometimes unroadworthy, condition.

“There are also cases of vehicles under finance that are left inside the car park due to defaulting on payments.”

Any cars under finance will be collected by the finance company.

The airport issued a public notice on Wednesday that the owners of the cars had 14 days to claim their vehicle or they would be scrapped or auctioned.

The BAC spokeswoman said there had been the odd occasion where the owner of the cars came forward.

“The car may have been abandoned at the airport if the owner has been incarcerated, or become ill or died while on their travels,” she said.

The money made from the cars that are scrapped or auctioned is used to cover the cost of more than 90 days of lost parking fees, the time spent trying to find the owner and towing fees.

Source :  The Brisbane Times

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