DPW Targets Abandoned Autos

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The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) has kicked off a citywide Abandoned Vehicle Blitz to address abandoned vehicles and other public nuisances. The pilot began in Wards 7 and 8, where the majority of 311 requests for removal of abandoned vehicles were received. The initiative will eventually expand citywide. An abandoned vehicle is any motor vehicle or trailer that is left, parked or stored on public space for more than 48 hours or on private property for more than 30 days, has excessive damage, appears inoperable, contains vermin or does not display valid tags/registration. DPW’s parking enforcement will increase ticketing and towing of vehicles abandoned on public streets in these areas. DPW Street & Alley crews will also provide street sweeping as well as landscaping and grass cutting on public spaces with overgrowth. The increased services will continue in these areas as needed. Residents can help by calling 311 and providing the make, model, color and tag information of abandoned vehicles. Residents can also visit 311.dc.gov.