Public Notice – Abandoned Car Ordinance

Meeting gavelThe Town of Littleton is aware of several Abandoned / Junked / Nuisance Vehicles, as described in Chapter 94 as amended in the Town of Littleton Town Ordinances, are located throughout the town.

These vehicles (Definitions below) are a violation of Town Ordinances and the vehicle owners, and land owners where the vehicles are located, are subject to civil and criminal penalty should the vehicles remain in their current condition.

If any vehicle as described above is located within the town limits and is not removed within 30 days of the sending of this notice, procedures will be taken to cite the responsible parties and, if necessary, the vehicles will be removed at the owner’s expense.

Anyone receiving a letter at the end of those 30 days stating they are a responsible party has a right to appeal that decision before a magistrate by notifying the Town Clerk in writing.  If you wish to appeal the decision after a vehicle has been towed the same process applies.

If the town removes a vehicle which you are responsible for, the following conditions must be met before it can be released:  Proof of ownership must be provided, towing and storage fees must be paid (according to the towing companies policies), and the vehicle may not be placed so as to continue to violate the conditions of Chapter 94 of the Town Ordinances.

We at the Town of Littleton appreciate any and all cooperation with this matter.


Definitions:
ABANDONED VEHICLE: As authorized and defined in section G.S. ~160A-303, an ABANDONED VEHICLE is one that:
1. Is left upon a public street or highway in violation of a law or ordinance prohibiting parking; or
2. Is left on a public street or highway for longer than seven days; or
3. Is left on property owned or operated by the Town for longer than twenty-four (24) hours; or
4. Is left on private property without the consent of the owner, occupant or lessee thereof, for longer than two (2) hours.

JUNKED MOTOR VEHICLE: As authorized and defined in section G.S.~160A-303.2, the term JUNKED MOTOR VEHICLE means a vehicle that does not display a current license plate upon that vehicle and that:
1. Is partially dismantled or wrecked;
2. Cannot be self-propelled or moved’ in the manner in which it originally was intended to move;
3. Is more than five years old and appears to be worth less than $100.

NUISANCE VEHICLE: A vehicle on public or private property that is determined and declared to be a health or safety hazard, a public nuisance, and unlawful, including a vehicle found to be:
1. A breeding ground or harbor for mosquitoes, other insects, rats or other pests; or
2. A point of heavy growth of weeds or other noxious vegetation over eight (8) inches in height; or
3. A Point of collection of pools or ponds of water; or
4. A Point of concentration of quantities of gasoline, oil or other flammable or explosive materials as evidenced by odor; or
5. One which has areas of confinement, such as trunks, hoods, etc., which cannot be operated from inside the area of confinement; or
6. One so situated or located that there is a danger of it falling or turning over; or
7. One which is a point of collection of garbage, food waste, animal waste, or any other rotten or putrescible matter of any kind; or
8. One which has sharp parts thereof which are jagged or contain sharp edges of metal, glass; or
9. Any other vehicle specifically declared a health and safety hazard and a public nuisance by the Town Board.

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