Work continues to remove abandoned and broke down vehicles in Terre Haute

Terre Haute Code Enforcement is in charge of going out and serving citations. These vehicles are either inoperable, unplated or uninsured on city property. The biggest issues are those who just abandon the vehicles.

Posted: Mar. 10, 2019 6:49 PM
Updated: Mar. 10, 2019 10:28 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- Garold Pennell has lived in Terre Haute over forty years. A lot has changed he says, but one thing that hasn't is broke down or abandoned vehicles on the road.

"It just seems like there's just no place to park anymore. Then you drive by one that the tires are flat on it and been flat for like two years and nobody's done anything about it yet," said Pennell.

Terre Haute Code Enforcement is in charge of going out and serving citations. These vehicles are either inoperable, unplated or uninsured on city property.

After a warning from code enforcement, Durr's Towing in Terre Haute will tow away the vehicle to its lot. Martin Frost who drives for Durr’s said those numbers have gone down over the years.

"There was a time when we would pick up three or four a week. We've gone down to one every one or two weeks," said Frost.

The biggest issues are those who just abandon the vehicles. This not only pollutes the streets of Terre Haute but also takes up space and time for Durr's.

"The ladies that work in this office spend hours and hours a day doing paperwork and filing paperwork trying to get ahold of the registered owner of the vehicle," said Frost.

It’s an issue that is being addressed but still persists. That's why people like Pennell hope everyone will do their part to keep their streets clean.

"You might be a renter, you may even be the homeowner but at least try to take a little pride in our community to make it nice and clean again. Pick them up, tote them away before the city does," said Pennell.

Code enforcement can't do their job without your help. If you see a vehicle that hasn't been driven in a long time or is un-drivable on a public street, call 311 to make a report. It may take some time for crews to look into the case.

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