An abandoned car on Willow Street in Tauranga City is causing a stir amongst residents today.
The blue Honda sedan covered with police tape has been left on the side of the road on Willow Street near its intersection with McLean Street.
SunLive has received numerous calls from members of the public wondering what is happening with the vehicle.
Tauranga Police Senior Sergeant Rob Glencross says the vehicle was involved in a crash and is awaiting removal by its owner.
“I understand it was the end of last week or during the weekend.
“It was from an accident that had already been dealt with by police.”
Rob says police tape has been placed on the car so that people are aware police have dealt with the incident.
On inspection of the vehicle it appears the air bags have been deployed, the warrant has been scratched out and the registration sticker has been removed.
Rob says the car is awaiting removal by its owner.
“Depends on the situation of the vehicle. If the vehicle is on the side of the road and it is not in anyone’s way and there is no immediate need for it to be removed – ultimately it is the responsibility of the owner.”
“Certainly if there is an accident where a car ends up in a situation where it is impeding the flow of traffic, or we need to take them back to have them examined, or the owner wants it removed then absolutely we have them towed.”
Rob says in this case it is the owner’s responsibility to have the vehicle removed.