Police to enforce Junk Motor Vehicle Ordinance
The Sabetha Police Department will be aggressively enforcing the city’s junk motor vehicle ordinance starting in April. The SPD has always made attempts to work with individuals found in violation of the ordinance and has throughout the years cited many property owners for the violation, with most people responding well and correcting the violation.
What is junk motor vehicle? A junk motor vehicle is an inoperable vehicle being junked, wrecked, wholly or partially dismantled, discarded, abandoned or unable to perform the function for which it was originally constructed.
A motor vehicle nuisance is any motor vehicle that is not currently registered or tagged or parked in violation of city ordinance or incapable of moving under its own power; or in a junked, wrecked or inoperable condition.
The following are conditions the SPD will be looking for that raise the presumption that a vehicle is junked, wrecked or inoperable:
• Absence of a current registration plate.
• Placement of the vehicle upon jacks, blocks or other supports.
• Absence of one or more parts of the vehicle necessary for the lawful operation of the vehicle upon street or highway.
• A vehicle that has been parked on the street or property in the same place for more than 30 days.
If a junk vehicle condition is believed to exist, the property owner, not necessarily the vehicle owner, will be served a notice, after which they will have 10 days to correct the violation. If the violation is not corrected upon the 10th day, a summons will be issued to appear before the court and a fine can be issued for $100 or a jail sentence of 30 days. A fine can be assessed each day after the 10th day that the junk vehicle remains and continue to do so until the condition is corrected.
The SPD is asking all of the citizens of Sabetha, please, take care of these conditions now and don’t wait until an officer is knocking on your door. It is not a part of the job that we enjoy, but it is a part of the job that is necessary as the code enforcement representatives for the City of Sabetha.
If you know someone who might have a junk vehicle, please bring this to their attention and offer to help them repair or correct the existing condition. There are several people in the area looking to come and take that vehicle away for you if it is inoperable or you’ve been saying you’ll fix it but have never gotten around to it.
Please heed this notice, and do not make the police department have to come to your house and talk to you.