Abandoned vehicles

Vehicles without proper operating insurance are prohibited under the BC Motor Vehicles Act from parking on the city streets or lanes.

We are authorized to ticket, tow, and impound vehicles abandoned on city streets and laneways under Impounding By-law 13709.

A vehicle is considered abandoned if it:

  • Is unlicensed
  • Is uninsured
  • Does not display valid plates
  • Is in poor condition - for example, it is damaged or in obvious disrepair - or inoperable
  • Has been parked for more than 14 days on a street

If a vehicle is deemed abandoned, it can be towed and impounded.

Impounded vehicles and towing fees

Was your car towed? Find out where you can claim towed vehicles, and how much it will cost.