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Reminder to Move Vehicles Parked Along the Street

Reminder to Move Vehicles Parked Along the Street

January 6, 2021

The Police Department would like to remind citizens that vehicles parked more than 48 hours upon any street or in the area between the sidewalk and the curb or roadway is considered a street storage and the vehicle can be ticketed and/or towed to a storage place.


City of Cedar Rapids Municipal Code does not allow use of the street or the area between the sidewalk and the curb or roadway to be used for storage purposes, or to park vehicles for the purpose of displaying them for sale, or for the repairing of any vehicles except where is may be necessary to for a short time to make emergency repairs.

 

Vehicles left parked on the street often interfere with the orderly removal of snow and/or ice.  Vehicles left parked for an extended period of time can also disrupt the repair, construction, and maintenance of streets, or create a hazard or obstruction to the normal flow of traffic. 

 

The registered owner of a vehicle that is left parked on a street for more than 48 hours can be issued a street storage citation ($25 parking citation) and can be held responsible for towing, preservation, and storage charges.  The City’s contract with a towing service involves a minimum $95 towing fee and storage fee of $18 per day.  Additional towing fees are applicable if the towing contractor needs to remove snow from around a vehicle, for example.  There is also a $60 Police Department administrative fee when towing is involved.

 

The Police Department will notify the last known registered owner of the vehicle, all lienholders of record, and any other known claimant to the vehicle or personal property found in the vehicle, that the vehicle has been taken into custody. Vehicles not reclaimed after the expiration of a 10-day claiming period after being impounded are considered abandoned and may be subject to disposal by sale or destruction.      

 

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