Odessa Code Enforcement Cracking Down On Junk Vehicles 11/19/13
November 19th, 2013
The City of Odessa is cracking down on junk vehicles. They now have two code enforcement officers whose sole job is to monitor junk vehicles. Officials say the it’s a city wide problem that they are addressing.
Below is the ordinance defining a junk vehicle and exceptions:
ARTICLE 8-4 JUNKED VEHICLES*
Sec. 8-4-1 Definitions
Junked vehicle. A vehicle that is self-propelled and:
(1) Does not have lawfully attached to it:
(a) An unexpired license plate; and
(b) A valid motor vehicle inspection certificate; and
(a) Wrecked, dismantled, partially dismantled or discarded; or
(b) Inoperable and has remained inoperable for more than:
(i) Seventy-two (72) consecutive hours, if the vehicle is on public property; or
(ii) Thirty (30) consecutive days, if the vehicle is on private property.
Sec. 8-4-10 Exceptions
(a) This article may not apply to a vehicle or vehicle part:
(1) That is completely enclosed in a building in a lawful manner and is not visible from the street or other public or private property;
(2) That is stored or parked in a lawful manner on private property in connection with the business of a licensed vehicle dealer or junkyard; or
(3) That is an antique or special interest vehicle stored by a motor vehicle collector on the collector’s property, if the vehicle or part and the outdoor storage area, if any, are:
(A) Maintained in an orderly manner;
(B) Not a health hazard; and
(C) Screened from ordinary public view by appropriate means, including a fence, rapidly growing trees, or shrubbery.
(b) In this section:
Antique vehicle. A passenger car or truck that is at least twenty-five (25) years old.
Motor vehicle collector. A person who:
(1) Owns one (1) or more antique or special interest vehicles; and
(2) Acquires, collects, or disposes of an antique or special interest vehicle or part of an antique or special interest vehicle for personal use to restore and preserve an antique or special interest vehicle for historic interest.
Special interest vehicle. A motor vehicle of any age that has not been changed from original manufacturer’s specifications and, because of its historic interest, is being preserved by a hobbyist.
For more information contact Community Development at 432-335-4820