Abandoned Cars Can Be Reported Via Call, SMS, WhatsApp And Email In Mumbai

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First a notice will be posted on vehicle to inform owners and within 48 hours if it is not moved then the vehicle will be towed away to the scrap yard

Mumbai is one of the fastest growing cities in India and the officials are working on full swing to make the city even better for future. But problem for Mumbai is lack of space as city is very congested. If you ever visited Mumbai, you can see so many abandoned vehicles from Mercedes, BMW, Lexus to Maruti, Hyundai on the side of road.

These abandoned vehicles take up lots of space. Until now, state government hasn’t taken any initiatives to scrap these vehicles and use that space for parking or other purposes. Earlier this week, Bombay High Court asked Maharashtra government and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to take actions against these vehicles.

To help government and BMC, people can report these abandoned cars through call, SMS, Whats app and Email. The government officials have set up a new toll-free number. First a notice will be posted on vehicles to inform owners and within 48 hours if it is not moved then the vehicle will be towed away to the scrap yard.

The court has asked government officials to maintain register for all the scrapped vehicles, which could be useful in future. The total list of vehicles will be sent to traffic and local police then forwarded to Crime Branch to check whether for any reports of missing or stolen from the original owner.


The abandoned vehicles will be seized under Section 314 of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, 1884 and persons who are guilty for abandoning vehicles will be charged under Motor Vehicles Act, Motor Vehicle Rule and the Maharashtra Police Act. BMC will wait for three months to see whether anyone claim the vehicle.

Then the vehicle will be auctioned and if owner comes before scrapping, then he/she will have to pay Rs. 15,000 as fine for abandoning vehicle. The officials will have to do these initiatives before next hearing on September 19. We hope that other state governments will also follow these things as it is a problem in other cities also.