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Car that ran out of petrol is still on motorway

Abandoned car on the M1
Abandoned car on the M1 John Gass

AN ABANDONED car just on the Queensland side of the Pacific Motor way that has been sitting there for days will remain there until the Gold Coast City Council organises it to be towed.

Coolangatta Police Sergeant Brendon Carr said police didn't have the power to move it.

"It's not a traffic hazard," he said.

"It's just a broken down car."

Sgt Carr said the vehicle had ran out of fuel and after seven days it was likely the GCCC would place a yellow sticker on it and have the car towed at the owner's expense.

"It's still registered and drivable so we don't have the power to move it," he said.

"We've spoken to the owner."

If you break down on the highway Sgt Carr said the most important thing to do was to make sure the vehicle was pulled off the road and left in a safe place.

"So it's not a hazard," he said.

It is also beneficial to leave a reflective indicator near the car so people do not run into the stationary vehicle.

"It also serves as a reminder when people are driving in the rain to use their head lights," he said.

"People think it's just to help them so, it's also to help other see them."

Topics:  pacific motorway


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