Inoperable vehicles on Wichita streets to be towed

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The Wichita Police Department on Wednesday will begin impounding inoperable vehicles that are left on city streets. 

The department this week marked inoperable vehicles, stored trailers and vehicles without tags. Once vehicles were marked with a green sticker, the owners then had 48 hours to remove their vehicles or they would be towed away on May 9. 

The city marked about 200 vehicles for tow last year

"These efforts are to help keep vehicles from becoming a nuisance or creating potentially hazardous conditions," Officer Davidson said in a news release. "WPD is working to improve the appearance of local neighborhoods and maintain safety."

To report a nuisance vehicle, please call or visit a WPD substation from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Those locations and phone numbers are:

  • Patrol East, 350 S. Edgemoor, (316) 350-3420
  • Patrol North, 3015 E. 21st St., (316) 350-3400
  • Patrol South, 211 E. Pawnee, (316) 350-3440
  • Patrol West, 661 N. Elder, (316) 350-3460

City ordinance 11.97.010 b1 states, "A vehicle is declared to be a public nuisance and any police officer or other authorized city employee may remove and impound such a vehicle under the following circumstances:  whenever any unoccupied vehicle is left parked continuously upon any street of the city for 48 hours or more, and under these circumstances it shall be the duty of the chief of police or the police designee to cause such motor vehicle to be removed or impounded. The provisions of this section may not be defeated by a mere location change of any offending vehicle on the same side of the street on the same block."

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