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About the investigation

On the 14 May 2017 the Queensland Government announced an independent investigation into the removal of parked vehicles from publicly accessible private car parks and roads by tow truck operators.

Former District Court Judge, Mr Michael Forde conducted the investigation. 

The investigation considered the operation of the tow truck and vehicle removal industry not currently covered by the regulatory framework. The regulation currently only applies to the operation of tow trucks in specified areas and when removing vehicles from the scene of a crash or seized by police from a regulated area controlled by a local government or the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Mr Forde examined the practice of removing vehicles from private property, considering community expectations, consumer protections, private property owners’ rights and the professional operation of the towing industry. Read the detailed terms of reference.

A report was provided to the Queensland Government in August 2017.

The Queensland Government approved all 22 recommendations and 8 matters for consideration, contained in the report. 

On 8 March 2017, the Queensland Government passed legislation to introduce the recommendations from 16 April 2018.

The report recommended the development of signage guidelines for private property owners – see the signage guidelines for parking on private property

Release of the report

The Queensland Government publicly released the report on 6 August 2017 and the government’s response on 8 August 2017.

You can read the:

About Michael Forde 

Former District Court Judge, Mr Michael Forde conducted the investigation. Mr Forde was admitted as a barrister in 1974 and served at the Bar of Queensland for 20 years. His practice included insurance law, property law and public law. He was appointed to the District Court in 1995 where he served for 14 years before retiring from the Bench in 2009.

Since retiring from the District Court, Mr Forde has been a consultant with a firm of chartered accountants in Brisbane acting as both a probity adviser and auditor. He was also a director of Transparency International in Australia, an anti-corruption group with both a local and international presence, for 2 years.

Last updated
14 March 2018