Chief Wenner Says OCPD Will Ramp Up “Dead Storage Vehicle” Enforcement

| April 4, 2018

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – The Oil City Police Department has issued a press release reminding citizens of the codes concerning abandoned vehicles and the corresponding parking ordinances for “Dead Storage Vehicles.”

According to Chief Robert Wenner, the reason for the reminder is that as the weather changes in the upcoming months, there will be more cars parked throughout the city. Therefore, officers will step up enforcement of the ordinance and vehicle code sections.

These efforts are directed at maximizing the already limited on-street parking in neighborhoods as well as removing unsafe and unsightly vehicles, according to Chief Wenner.

Additional officers will also be working in conjunction with the Oil City Public Works and Street Department during spring street cleaning in neighborhoods, to remove obstructing vehicles from the roadways.

Chief Wenner outlined the criteria for the vehicle code and city ordinance enforcement related to “dead storage vehicles”:

If your vehicle is/has one or more of the following:

– Physically Inoperable/Disabled (non-drivable condition)
– Registration (license) plate is expired or suspended
– Pa inspection sticker is expired
– VIN number (located on the dashboard of the driver’s side) is unable to be read

The vehicle will be tagged as “Dead Storage” with a bright pink notice on the windshield. The vehicle must be removed by the owner within 48 HOURS of being tagged. If the owner fails to do so, officers will return and have it towed at the owner’s expense.

If your vehicle is/has ONE or more of the following:
– Does not have current Required Financial Responsibility (car insurance) coverage
– The registration (license) plate is expired/revoked/suspended more than 90 DAYS
– The VIN number cannot be read, and there is no displayed registration plate

The vehicle will be subject to immediate removal from the roadway at the owner’s expense. Additional financial penalties could be imposed on any violating vehicle owner. These include a fine ranging from $500.00 to $1000.00 depending upon the number of violations. Additional fees include those for towing/storage and salvage. Ther initial state contract towing service fee is $110.00. Storage is $35.00 a day, with a minimum fee of one day of storage. Every additional day will cost $35.00. If the vehicle is not reclaimed within 48 hours of removal, an additional $50.00 fee will be paid to the state for reclamation paperwork.

For example, under a First Offense scenario, a violating owner could face a minimum of their vehicle being removed, $645.00 in fines and towing fees, with additional court-related expenses.

“It is important to remember that the only citizens who will be affected by these enforcement efforts are those already violating Pennsylvania Vehicle Code Regulations,” said Chief Wenner in the release. “If your vehicle is roadworthy, has a valid license plate, inspection, and current insurance, you have no concerns.”

Chief Wenner is also asking any citizen who knows of vehicles in their neighborhood fitting this listed criteria and/or vehicles parked on the roadway to contact the Oil City Police Department at (814)-678-3080 so the department can remove all offending vehicles as promptly as possible.

These sections DO NOT apply to any vehicle parked on private, off-street property.

“We would like to thank all of our citizens for their attention and wish a safe, good weather season,” said Chief Wenner.

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