Blitz on ‘for sale’ cars

Hume City Council has launched a crackdown on people who park cars on public land with signs that advertise that the vehicles are for sale.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said the practice was not only illegal, but very dangerous.

“Our local laws officers have noticed a number of vehicles advertised for sale on public land that fronts onto roads which carry significant volumes of traffic,” Cr Atmaca said.

“These areas are often near busy intersections and roundabouts, and people who park ‘for sale’ cars at these locations can and do distract passing drivers.

“We are aware of a number of collisions in which motorists have driven into the rear of a car in front of them, because their eyes were diverted to a car that was illegally advertised for sale.

“The practice is a serious concern and regularly causes motorists to slow down so that they can catch a glimpse of the ‘for sale’ car.

“There are many ways to promote the sale of a car, and I encourage people to consider marketing techniques that are legal and maintain the safety of everyone.”

The Road Safety Road Rules 2009 makes it an offence to stop a car on a bicycle path, footpath, dividing strip or nature strip.

The Summary Offences Act 1966 specifically prohibits anyone from exposing a vehicle in a public street as being for sale, except at approved fairs and markets.

Cr Atmaca said Hume’s local laws officers would continue to visit known hotspots, and increase their patrols.

“People tend to park a ‘for sale’ car on public land at the weekend, and our officers will be out in force to fine anyone who deliberately takes advantage of a prominent site,” he said.

“Hume officers monitor areas where vehicles are parked with ‘for sale’ signs, because we want to stop those whose actions really do side-track motorists.

“Officers will visit sites right throughout the weekend, from Broadmeadows to Kalkallo, and from Sunbury to Campbellfield.

“Vehicles which are parked on public land and marked ‘for sale’ hinder the amenity of our neighbourhoods, and the practice is not fair on anyone who does the right thing and advertises a sale lawfully.”

In addition to infringement notices that are issued under Victoria’s state laws, people who park a vehicle without a permit on Council land can face a fine of up to $200, under Hume City Council’s local laws.

For further information, call 03 9205 2200.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 9 October 2015

Updated : 10:10 AM, 9 October 2015

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