2006 Code of Virginia § 46.2-1215 - Leaving vehicles on private property prohibited; authority of counties, cities, and towns to provid...

46.2-1215. Leaving vehicles on private property prohibited; authority ofcounties, cities, and towns to provide for removal and disposition; notice ofdisposition.

No person shall leave any motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, or part of amotor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer on the private property of any otherperson without his consent. The governing body of any county, city, or townmay by ordinance provide, that on complaint of the owner of the property onwhich such motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, or part thereof has been leftfor more than seventy-two hours, that such motor vehicle, trailer,semitrailer, or part thereof, may be removed by or under the direction of alaw-enforcement officer to a storage area. The ordinance shall require theowners of private property which is normally open to the public for parkingto post or cause to be posted signs warning that vehicles left on theproperty for more than seventy-two hours will be towed or removed at theirowners' expense. The ordinance may also provide that the person at whoserequest the vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, or part thereof is so removedshall indemnify the county, city, or town against any loss or expenseincurred by reason of removal, storage, or sale thereof.

In the case of the removal of a motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, or partof a motor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer from private property, when itcannot be readily sold, the motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, or part maybe disposed of in whatever manner the governing body of the county, city, ortown may provide.

In all other respects, the provisions of 46.2-1213 and 46.2-1217 shallapply to these removals. Disposal of a motor vehicle, trailer, orsemitrailer may at the option of the governing body of the county, city, ortown be carried out under either the provisions of 46.2-1213, or under theprovisions of this section after a diligent search for the owner, afternotice to him at his last known address and to the holder of any lien ofrecord in the office of the Department against the motor vehicle, trailer, orsemitrailer, and after the motor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer has beenheld at least sixty days.

The Department shall be notified of the disposition of any motor vehicle,trailer, or semitrailer under 46.2-1213 or the provisions of this section.

(1964, c. 391, 46.1-3.2; 1966, c. 615; 1984, c. 158; 1987, cc. 152, 202;1989, c. 727.)

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