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Backpackers abandon cars at Perth Airport

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LAZY backpackers are again being blamed for abandoning big numbers of old cars at Perth Airport, with more than 100 vehicles dumped over the past year.

The airport has warned it would move to seize dozens of cars unless owners came forward within a few days to reclaim their vehicle.

Some have suggested the cars could have been left behind by workers heading back east with the end of the mining boom, but Perth Airport says most were probably left by backpackers who could not be bothered to sell their car before flying overseas.

Perth Airport spokeswoman Debra Blaskett said most of the cars were in poor condition, were unregistered or unroadworthy.

“We find that the majority of vehicles left at Perth Airport belong to backpackers and tourists who purchase a cheap vehicle, use it to tour around the State, and then leave it at the airport when they leave the country,” she said.

Once a vehicle is considered abandoned, the airport holds it for another 90 days while background checks are made with police.

A newspaper advertisement is taken out giving notice of each car.

If it is not claimed within 14 days it becomes the property of the airport. Most are sold as scrap, but some are handed to airport firefighters to be used in training.

Anyone who believed they had a claim to one of the vehicles should contact Perth Airport before 5pm on Monday.

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