• Posted On: January 20, 2015

We’ve all seen them. The broken down car sitting on the shoulder of the highway. The trailer or camper sitting desolately on the off-ramp. The rusted-out truck parked on a neighborhood street that never moves. Abandoned vehicles are a public nuisance and checking up on these vehicles and removing them from sight and traffic flow can take a significant amount of time for law enforcement.

Lowering the Cost of Management
Abandoned vehicles are an unsightly and expensive problem. Dealing with them takes enforcement offices away from more pressing matters of public safety. Whatever municipalities can do to speed up the process of abandoned vehicle management is of benefit to citizens and the tax-paying public. Now, software designed to help municipalities partner with residents can do that very thing.

Why Abandonment Happens
Vehicles may be left on roads and roadsides for several reasons. The vehicle may have broken down and the owner had no money for towing or repairs. The vehicle may not be worth what it would cost the owner to make the needed repairs. In some cases, the vehicle may be beyond repair. Unfortunately, some of these deserted vehicles are left because they were used in criminal activity. Whatever the cause, most local governments have laws which limit the amount of time a vehicle can remain parked where it would be a menace to traffic or to public safety.

Typically, it is illegal to abandon a vehicle on public highways or private property that is not your own. Some municipalities have ordinances concerning vehicles in disrepair which remain unmoved even on private property if the vehicle is considered an eye-sore. Most communities rely on public communication to report violations and aid in abandoned vehicle management.

Dealing With Abandoned Vehicles
The way abandoned vehicle management often works is that an officer receives a report of an unmoved vehicle or notices one along the side of a public road. The officer will check for vehicle registration if identifying tags are on the vehicle. At this point the officer usually leaves a notification giving the owner 24-48 hours to move the vehicle. The officer may chalk the wheel in order to determine if the vehicle moves. The officer then returns within the prescribed time allotment at which time an infraction occurs and the vehicle is towed – ultimately at owner expense.

Comcate is a cutting edge software company dedicated to improving government efficiency and enhancing community engagement. Our CRM/311 platform allows residents in your area to report abandoned vehicles (along with other public code violations) through use of a single user-friendly app on their mobile device. Communities across the country have improved government responsiveness and increased public safety through our customizable software. Contact us and learn how we can help your community improve abandoned vehicle management and a host of other public safety concerns.

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