What is an abandoned or unserviceable vehicle and why are they considered to be a violation of City Codes?
The City Ordinance describes an unserviceable vehicle as any vehicle which is required to be licensed and registered by the State of Georgia and is not licensed and registered and is in such condition that it cannot be started or moved under its own power without repair. Derelict vehicles typically leak fluids such as anti-freeze, gasoline and other automotive fluids onto the ground, contaminating the local area.
These vehicles also create an attractive nuisance to children by presenting an enticing, but dangerous, plaything. There are several documented incidents of children becoming locked inside a vehicle and succumbing to the extreme temperatures produced within the vehicle. Inoperative vehicles also detract from neighborhoods appearance and can invite an undesirable element into your community.
How much are Code Enforcement fines?
The amount of the fine is determined by the Municipal Judge and may be assessed as a per day fine for each day that the violation continues to exist.