We’ve had a white van parked on the street across from our house in Silver Lake for nearly two months now and it’s been driving (pardon the pun) us and our landlord crazy! Clearly abandoned with Wisconsin plates that expired in May, the car has not been towed because the city had been working on a new city ordinance in regards to how to handle abandoned vehicles. This new ordinance, which went into effect on Monday (July 3), means that vehicles that have not been moved in 72 hours will be considered abandoned and can be towed. Now, don’t worry if you have a car that you don’t use often, they will come by to mark your tires or leave a note on your car and then in 72 more hours, take your car away. Our van’s tires were marked on Monday – the countdown has begun.
Here’s a little bit more about the abandon car procedure:
Los Angeles Municipal Code 80.73.2 requires that a vehicle parked on a public street be driven at least one mile every seventy-two hours. Additionally, California Vehicle Code 22669 allows traffic officers to tow any vehicle which is inoperable and parked on City streets, constituting a public hazard. Traffic officers cannot simply tow a vehicle because a complaint has been made. The traffic officer must first observe the vehicle over a 72 hour period to determine that the vehicle has not been driven. Additionally, as a courtesy, the traffic officer will generally leave a green warning card on the vehicle, notifying the owner that the vehicle must be moved. If the vehicle has not been moved at least one mile after seventy-two hours, the vehicle can be impounded.
To contact the City of Los Angeles: Parking Violations Bureau to report an abandoned car:
Call 1-800-ABANDON (1-800-222-6366) Evenings, weekends and holidays and leave a voice mail message with your name and daytime phone number.
Please provide the following information when you call:
* Vehicle Location Zip Code*
* License Plate
* Vehicle Make
* Vehicle Color
* Vehicle Location (Street, block # and Cross Street)*