Encouraging Resident to Report Abandoned Vehicles

UPDATE:

June 2022 Report

By laws have been updated:

  • The time vehicle can remain parked on a street is reduced from 21 to 10 days before removal action begins
  • To provide City with more tools to remove an abandoned vehicle on the public street

A vehicle is prohibited from parking on a street if it is unregistered, wrecked, or wholly or partly stripped or wholly or partly dismantled;

  • under this section, a vehicle that meets one of those conditions is considered to be an abandoned vehicle.

The by law now includes the definition for an inoperable vehicle. This provides the City with more tools for enforcement.

Inoperable vehicles includes any vehicles that are “wrecked, wholly or partially dismantled, or wholly or partially stripped” – and includes two additional categories of vehicle:

1) vehicles with one or more flat tires, and

2) vehicles that suffer from any other defect or characteristic that prevent them from being driven on a highway in compliance with The Highway Traffic Act.

The updated by laws prohibit inoperable vehicles from being parked on public streets, making them subject to ticketing and/or towing if they are not removed in a timely fashion.

 

Is there a vehicle that has been parked on a street for an extraordinary long time and not moved? (Probably easy to identify as it will have morphed into a snowbank by now!)

Especially in winter, these abandoned vehicles covered and surrounded by snow, can become a hazard to moving vehicles.

IF you believe a vehicle is abandoned these are the steps to have it removed:

  1. EMAIL 311@winnipeg.ca (email is quicker & provides a record)
  2. Tell them you believe a vehicle has been abandoned.
  3. Provide the plate number, approximate address, and if you can, a description of the vehicle.

In accordance with BY-LAW NO. 113/2017  the Winnipeg Parking Authority will:

  • Go to the vehicle and mark the GPS coordinates- thereby recording the exact location
  • The Parking Authority will return to the vehicle in 21 days and IF the vehicle has not moved, a notification to move the vehicle will be attached to the vehicle.
  • The notification gives the owner 72 hours to move the vehicle.
  • At the end of the 72 hours, the vehicle will be issued a fine, and towed to a compound.

There is a very high probability more snow will be coming. Winnipeg averages 30 cm of snow in March and April. Another residential plow is a real possibility. With all the snow – abandoned vehicles are easy to identify. Again, abandoned vehicles, covered and surrounded by snow can become a safety hazard.

Also, the streets are not public parking lots. In denser neighbourhoods, street parking is in short supply, so constant turnover is important to serve residents best.

I and many others believe the timeframe to remove abandoned vehicles is too long – I’m working to change that but that won’t happen soon, so we must work within the existing by law.

As always, if you have questions or concerns, please email me at jlukes@winnipeg.ca