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How to report an abandoned car?

Original post made by Dave, Professorville, on Nov 24, 2008

Does anyone know the maximum number of days a car is permitted to remain parked continuously (without being moved) on a city street, and to whom to report a violator? We've got a junker out front that hasn't budged for over 2 weeks.

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Posted by Palo Parent
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Nov 24, 2008 at 7:47 pm

72 hours, report to: [email protected]


Posted by jj
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 24, 2008 at 9:53 pm

Web Link

good luck


Posted by Resident
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 25, 2008 at 8:41 am

72 hours, but they only have to move the vehicle a short distance, then after 72 hours, they can move it back for another 72 hours.

We only have one Community Service Officer taking care of all parking problems (the other community service officer is dealing with leaf blower noise, full time). Regulating leaf blower noise is more important than dealing with parking violations because that's what the residents of PA want.


Posted by reporting works
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 25, 2008 at 8:52 am

"72 hours, but they only have to move the vehicle a short distance, then after 72 hours, they can move it back for another 72 hours."

Then the vehicle hasn't been abandoned.

There is nothing wrong with leaving a vehicle on the street, unless you want to go the Menlo Park route...


Posted by Greg K
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 25, 2008 at 11:56 am

If you know the car belongs to a neighbor, you should work it out with your neighbor. Abandoned cars should be truly abandoned, e.g., stolen cars that are dumped after a joy ride.


Posted by Ray G.
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jan 22, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Just a suggestion, but Notify Your Neighbor is a good way to address the abandoned car and other kind of neighbor problems. Here is the link... Web Link


Posted by VoxPop
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 23, 2010 at 8:45 am

Would the police run the license plate number to see if the car had been reported stolen or involved in a crime? I don't know; perhaps someone does.


Posted by palo alto mom
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 23, 2010 at 9:25 am

The police will run the plate and find out if it is a neighbor. They will also put a notice on it that it needs to be moved. And I think an abandoned car is one which the owner does not drive, not just a stolen car.


Posted by Jojo
a resident of El Carmelo School
on May 5, 2017 at 4:58 pm

On Emerson street intersection with loma berde. we have a white van and a black sport utility vehicle parked for over three months. finding Parking on this street is tough specially at night so it will be nice If police can give them a notification or warning.
Thanks


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