Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Article III - Inoperable Motor Vehicle

When an inop­er­a­ble motor vehi­cle is dis­cov­ered with­in the cor­po­rate lim­its of the Coun­ty, it shall be the respon­si­bil­i­ty of the Sher­iff to deter­mine the reg­is­tered own­er and/or par­ty in law­ful pos­ses­sion there­of, and to serve on such per­son or par­ty, in per­son or by cer­ti­fied mail, a writ­ten notice stat­ing that said per­son or par­ty shall dis­pose of said inop­er­a­ble motor vehi­cle under their con­trol with­in sev­en (7) days of the date of issuance of said notice or be sub­ject to the penal­ties here­in pro­vid­ed.  If the Sher­iff can­not deter­mine the own­er or oth­er par­ty in law­ful pos­ses­sion there­of or if the own­er or oth­er par­ty in law­ful pos­ses­sion there­of fails to remove said inop­er­a­ble motor vehi­cle from pub­lic view with­in the time afore­said, then the Sher­iff is here­by autho­rized to impound and remove the inop­er­a­ble motor vehi­cle as an aban­doned motor vehi­cle in accor­dance with the pro­vi­sions of Chap­ter 625, Sec­tion 5/4–201 et seq.  (See 55 ILCS 5/5–1092) 

(In Part 03–15–93)

As used in this Arti­cle, “inop­er­a­ble motor vehi­cle” means any motor vehi­cle from which, for a peri­od of at least sev­en (7) days the engine, wheels or oth­er parts have been removed, or on which the engine, wheels or oth­er parts have been altered, dam­aged, or oth­er­wise so treat­ed that the vehi­cle is inca­pable of being dri­ven under its own motor pow­er.  “Inop­er­a­ble motor vehi­cle” shall not include:

(A) a motor vehi­cle which has been ren­dered tem­porar­i­ly inca­pable of being dri­ven under its own motor pow­er in order to per­form ordi­nary ser­vice or repair operations;

(B) any motor vehi­cle that is kept with­in a build­ing when not in use;

(C) his­toric vehi­cles over twen­­­ty-five (25) years of age; or

(D) a motor vehi­cle on the premis­es of a place of busi­ness engaged in the wreck­ing or junk­ing of motor vehicles.

Inop­er­a­ble motor vehi­cles, whether locat­ed on pub­lic or pri­vate prop­er­ty and in view of the gen­er­al pub­lic, are here­by declared to be a nui­sance for which the pro­vi­sions and penal­ties here­of shall apply.