Abandoned Vehicles

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  • Abandoned Vehicles

  • If you are an Orange County resident with an abandoned vehicle concern, please contact your city’s police department, sheriff’s department, or code enforcement division.

    Helping keep our streets clear of junk automobiles

    Helping Orange County motorists move freely through the streets and along the freeways also means keeping them clear of vehicles that have been abandoned. These cars, trucks and trailers left for dead by the side of the road can create hazardous conditions for pedestrians, motorists and in some instances, increase traffic congestion. Orange County’s Service Authority for Abandoned Vehicles (SAAV) was created in 1991 to keep the roads clear of these unsightly vehicles. The program must be reauthorized every ten years, and sunset in 2012, after twenty years of service.

    OCTA’s Motorist Services team managed the SAAV program, oversaw the allocation of funds collected from annual vehicle registration fees, and distributed funds to all 34 cities and the County of Orange. Over the past 20 years, SAAV has helped clear over 333,000 abandoned vehicles from our neighborhoods and off the streets.

    Although the SAAV program has sunset, local police departments and the Orange County Sheriff still actively look for and remove abandoned vehicles. To report an abandoned vehicle in your city please contact your city’s police or sheriff department.

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