LCG and LPD moving forward with amended "junk vehicle" ordinance

KADN Staff

"Complaint driven" ordinance is an effort to revive blighted areas of Lafayette

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 4:41pm

Lafayette City-Parish Government has amend the "junked vehicle" ordinance. The new amendments, which were passed of few months ago, are an effort to revive blighted areas of the community.

Until recently police had trouble on how exactly to enforce the law or what protocol must be used to determine if a vehicle is a "junked vehicle", but because of a surge in residents' complaints the law is now is being actively enforced.  Enforcement of the law began about three weeks ago and it is only getting more prevalent. The Police Department has already received over 80 complaints about "junked vehicles".

Chief Craft also stated that the complaints are coming from every council district and it is a problem that is widespread across the city. It is important to note police are not specifically for "junked vehicles", but rather are enforcing the law through a "complaint driven process".

Offenders will have 30 days to remove the vehicle if it meets the protocol set in the ordinance. If an offender does comply with the ordinance the "junked vehicle" will be towed at the owner's expense, and the offender could face a considerable fine.


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