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Inoperable vehicle ordinances explained

In response to a question concerning the ordinances that relate to inoperable vehicles in the towns of Kenbridge and Victoria, The Dispatch contacted the respective town managers to learn more about the ordinances and how they are enforced.

The ordinance for the Town of Victoria, Chapter 14, section 21, is that one inoperable vehicle may be permitted as long as it is screened from public view, and not within a fully enclosed building.

According to the ordinance, an inoperable vehicle is defined as one that isn’t in operating condition, that has been partially or totally disassembled with the removal of tires and wheels, engine or other essential parts for more than 60 days, that does not display a valid license plate nor inspection decal.

“Enforcement of this ordinance falls under the prevue of the town manager and is delegated to the police department,” Victoria Town Manager Rodney Newton said. “Complaints and other issues with inoperative motor vehicles are handled by the police department along with their other duties and responsibilities. Town officials realize that this is an issue in town as well as abandoned and dilapidated structures. Work on all of these issues is being handled in accordance with Commonwealth of Virginia laws and Town of Victoria ordinances. Many of these instances have time and notification requirements that must be adhered to.”

The ordinance for the Town of Kenbridge is Chapter 16, sec. 16-65. – Removal of inoperable motor vehicles on residential or commercial property:

It cites that one inoperable vehicle is permitted. It could be kept out of a fully-enclosed building or structure, and screened in from public view.

An inoperable vehicle, trailer is defined as any motor vehicle, trailer or semitrailer which is not in operating condition; or which, for a period of 60 days or longer, has been partially or totally disassembled by the removal of tires and wheels, the engine or other essential parts required for the operation of same; or for which there is no valid license plate and inspection decal.

If an inoperable vehicle owner violates the ordinance, the vehicle can be removed at the cost to the owner.

The ordinance is enforced by the Kenbridge Police Department.