Texas Abandoned Vehicles Statutes

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Below is from the Texas Transportation Code’s section on Abandoned Vehicles (Texas Transportation Code – TRANSP § 683.002. Abandoned Motor Vehicle):

(a) For the purposes of this chapter, a motor vehicle is abandoned if the motor vehicle:

(1) is inoperable, is more than five years old, and has been left unattended on public property for more than 48 hours;

(2) has remained illegally on public property for more than 48 hours;

(3) has remained on private property without the consent of the owner or person in charge of the property for more than 48 hours;

(4) has been left unattended on the right-of-way of a designated county, state, or federal highway for more than 48 hours;

(5) has been left unattended for more than 24 hours on the right-of-way of a turnpike project constructed and maintained by the Texas Turnpike Authority division of the Texas Department of Transportation or a controlled access highway;  or

(6) is considered an abandoned motor vehicle under Section 644.153(r) .

(b) In this section, “controlled access highway” has the meaning assigned by Section 541.302 .


 

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