What About Junked Vehicles?

Junked Vehicles

Definitions: The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

Antique vehicle means a passenger car or truck that is at least 35 years old.

Inoperable means the inability to start the engine of a motor vehicle and drive the vehicle under its own power a distance of more than 300 feet.

Junked vehicle means a vehicle that is subject to registration pursuant to V. T. C. A., Transportation Code, ch. 501, which is self-propelled and:

Does not have lawfully attached to it:
An unexpired license plate; or
A valid motor vehicle inspection certificate; and
Wrecked, dismantled or partially dismantled, or discarded; or
Inoperable and has remained inoperable for more than:
i. Seventy-two consecutive hours if the vehicle is on public property; or

ii. Thirty consecutive days if the vehicle is on private property.

Motor vehicle collector means a person who:

Owns one or more antique or special interest vehicles; and

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 means 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.

Reference Codes: Definition Sec. 102-461; Cross references: Injunctions granted to prohibit nuisance activity, § 46-1; health and sanitation, ch. 58

Ord. No. 2001-24, § 1(art. 9-VI-1). 11-27-2001) -- Cross references: Definitions generally § 1-2.


Procedures adopted under this article may not apply to a vehicle or vehicle part:

That is completely enclosed in a building in a lawful manner and is not visible from the street or other public or private property; or
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 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:
Maintained in an orderly manner;
Not a health hazard; and
Screened from ordinary public view by appropriate means, including a fence, rapidly growing trees, or shrubbery.

The screening requirements required by subsection (8) b. 1 of this section shall not be deemed appropriate unless they meet the following standards:

If a fence is used as a screening device, it must comply with the specifications for type “A” screening set forth in Article 11-1-18(d.) of the city’s former Code of Ordinances, except that fence materials may include chain link with screening slats interwoven through the chain link mesh to create and opaque fence; or
If a vegetative screen is used as a screening device, it must be not less than six feet high with evergreen, year-round foliage approved by the director of planning and planted such as to create a solid screen between the location of the outdoor storage are and adjacent private property or public right-of-way; or
A combination of subsection (1) and (2) of this section.

A person authorized to administer the procedures set forth in this article may enter private property to examine a public nuisance, to obtain information to identify the nuisance, and to remove or direct the removal of the nuisance.


After a proceeding for the abatement and removal of a junked vehicle has commenced, the relocation of a junked vehicle to another location within the city has not effect on the proceeding if the junked vehicle constitutes a junked vehicle at the new location.

Reference Codes: (Ord. No. 2001-24, § 1(art. 9-VI-2), 11-27-2001)

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