Tarboro targets junk cars


Staff Writer

Thursday, July 12, 2018

TARBORO — The Tarboro Town Council is taking aim at abandoned and junk vehicles.

The issue has been brought up in the past by Councilmen Garland Shepheard and Leo Taylor, and the council this week approved an update to the nuisance portion of the code of ordinances concerning abandoned, junk or neglected motor vehicles around the town.

The ordinance deems an abandoned motor vehicle as any vehicle that is left on a public street or highway in violation of a law or ordinance prohibiting parking, is left on a public street or highway for longer than seven days, is left on property owned or operated by the town for longer than 24 hours or is left on private property without the consent of the owner, occupant or lessee for longer than 24 hours.

A junk vehicle is defined as one that is partially dismantled or wrecked or cannot be self-propelled or moved in the manner in which it was intended to move, is more than 5 years old, worth less than $500 and doesn’t display a current license plate.

A neglected motor vehicle is described as one that doesn’t leave a property for 60 consecutive days, is not parked or stored within a substantially enclosed structure or is not parked in a driveway parking area specifically designed for vehicular parking.

Offenders would initially be given a first notice letter or warning of violation of the nuisance code provisions and have 10 days to correct the matter. Town Manager Troy Lewis said the second notice of violation would result in civil penalties and an administrative fee of $100 and $250 per day for third and subsequent notice of violation occurring within 12 months of the first notice of violation.