ORS 819.100¹
Abandoning a vehicle
  • penalty

(1) A person commits the offense of abandoning a vehicle if the person abandons a vehicle upon a highway or upon any public or private property.

(2) The owner of the vehicle as shown by the records of the Department of Transportation shall be considered responsible for the abandonment of a vehicle in the manner prohibited by this section and shall be liable for the cost of removal and disposition of the abandoned vehicle.

(3) A vehicle abandoned in violation of this section is subject to the provisions for removal of abandoned vehicles under ORS 819.110 (Removal and sale of abandoned vehicle) and 819.120 (Immediate custody and removal of vehicle constituting hazard) and to being sold as provided under ORS 819.210 (Sale of vehicle not reclaimed) or 819.220 (Disposal of vehicle without notice and public auction).

(4) The offense described in this section, abandoning a vehicle, is a Class B traffic violation. [1983 c.338 §677; 1995 c.758 §7]

Notes of Decisions

Under Former Similar Statute

This sec­tion is not designed to cover situa­tion where vehicle is rendered inoperative due to accident. Calvert v. Ourum, 40 Or App 511, 595 P2d 1264 (1979)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 819—Destroyed, Totaled, Abandoned, Low-Value and Stolen Vehicles; Vehicle Identification Numbers; Vehicle Appraisers, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors819.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 819, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­819ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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