New use for abandoned cars

01 Aug 2018 Border Mail, Albury-Wodonga (General News) by Blair Thomson CARS dumped on the side of major roads in the North East will start being put to good use. VicRoads and the SES have signed a new agreement which will allow abandoned cars on highways and freeways to be removed and used for training. The SES regularly runs car crash simulations to train members on rescue techniques. Councils are responsible for removing the vehicles on local roads while VicRoads takes care of cars on major roads. The owners often cant be found, leaving ratepayers and taxpayers to foot the bill for the disposal of the cars. SES North East regional manager Keith OBrien welcomed the changes. He said the cars can now help to improve our volunteer training, and ultimately help us save lives on Victorian roads. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the cars would be removed following all reasonable attempts to contact the owners.