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Abandoned Vehicles
To Report an Abandoned Vehicle
Title 75 Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code describes an Abandoned Vehicle as:

"Abandoned vehicle."

(1) A vehicle (other than a pedalcycle) shall be presumed to be abandoned under any of the following circumstances, but the presumption is rebuttable by a preponderance of the evidence:

(i) The vehicle is physically inoperable and is left unattended on a highway or other public property for more than 48 hours.

(ii) The vehicle has remained illegally on a highway or other public property for a period of more than 48 hours.

(iii) The vehicle is left unattended on or along a highway or other public property for more than 48 hours and does not bear all of the following:

(A) A valid registration plate.

(B) A current certificate of inspection.

(C) An ascertainable vehicle identification number.

(iv) The vehicle has remained on private property without the consent of the owner or person in control of the property for more than 24 hours.

(2) Vehicles and equipment used or to be used in construction or in the operation or maintenance of highways or public utility facilities, which are left in a manner which does not interfere with the normal movement of traffic, shall not be considered to be abandoned.

The Upper Merion Township Police Department is committed to processing and removing or causing to be removed any abandoned vehicle on the highways in Upper Merion Township.

For a vehicle to be considered abandoned, it must meet the above requirements. A vehicle parked on a public street for a prolong period of time does not meet the definition of an abandoned vehicle if the registration and inspection are valid. If no action is taken after reporting an abandoned vehicle then it does not meet the definition and no action will be taken.

To Report an Abandoned Vehicle click here. Or call the Upper Merion Township Police at 610-265-3232.