When is a vehicle considered abandoned?
A vehicle may be considered abandoned when it is:
- On private property without the owner's consent, or
- On public property, including county roads and city streets, for at
least 48 hours, or
- On a state road or highway (e.g., M-99, U.S. 23, I-96) for at least 18
hours if a valid license plate is on the vehicle, or
- On a state road or highway for any period of time if a valid license
plate is not on the vehicle.
Also, a vehicle removed under the following conditions is considered
abandoned if not redeemed by the owner within seven days:
- Parked or idling on the highway so that it creates an immediate public
hazard or an obstruction of traffic.
- Parked in a posted tow-away zone.
- A threat to public safety because its presence impedes rescue efforts
during fire, flood, storm, snow, natural or man-made disaster or other
- Hampering the use of private property by the owner or person in charge
of that property or is parked in a manner which impedes the movement of
- Illegally stopped, idling or parked in a designated disability parking
- Located in a clearly identified access aisle or access lane immediately
adjacent to a disability parking space.
- Interfering with the use of a ramp or a curb-cut by people with
A vehicle removed under the following conditions is considered abandoned if
not redeemed by the owner within 20 days from the date of release by the law
- Believed to be stolen.
- Seized to preserve evidence of a crime.
- Involved in a crash.
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