Idaho Law defines an abandoned vehicle as any vehicle observed by an authorized officer or reported by a member of the public to have been left within the limits of any highway or upon the property of another without the consent of the property owner for a period of twenty-four (24) hours or longer. A vehicle will not be considered abandoned if its owner/operator is unable to remove it from the place where it is located and has notified a law enforcement agency and requested assistance.
It is a violation of IDAHO CODE 49-1801 to abandon a vehicle in the above manner. Police officers are authorized under IDAHO CODE 49-1804 to remove abandoned vehicles and in some cases, those vehicles may be immediately removed. Circumstances that warrant immediate removal include:
Vehicles involved in collisions
Arrest of the vehicle driver
Vehicle is left in a traveled portion of the highway and/or is a hazard
Any vehicle that does not have a license plate attached
Abandoned vehicles can also immediately be removed by police officers from private property where access into or out of private property or substantial interference with the use and enjoyment of private property is created by the presence of the abandoned vehicle.
Under IDAHO CODE 49-1802, the last registered owner is considered to be responsible for the vehicle and any charges that may be associated with the towing/storage of that vehicle. The last registered owner can also be issued an infraction citation if the vehicle is not redeemed within seven (7) days of tow. If the last registered owner has filed a release of liability with the Idaho Transportation Department, the liability lies with the transferee.
Ponderay City Ordinance Section 5-2-1 states that no vehicle will be parked on the traveled roadbed or pave portion of the street or within two feet (2') of the traveled or paved portion of said street or roadbed.
Ponderay City Ordinance 5-2-4states that no vehicle whether self-propelled, or a trailer or other towed vehicle can be parked on the streets or thoroughfares in the city during the months of November through March where the free flow of traffic or ability of the street to be plowed in a safe manner is obstructed. In this case, the Police Chief or his designee can cause the vehicles to be removed and the expenses shall be the responsibility of the vehicle owner.