ORS 819.110¹
Custody, towing and sale or disposal of abandoned vehicle
  • general provisions

(1) After providing notice required under ORS 819.170 (Notice prior to taking vehicle into custody and towing) and, if requested, a hearing under ORS 819.190 (Hearing to contest validity of custody and towing), an authority described under ORS 819.140 (Agencies having authority to take vehicle into custody) may take a vehicle into custody and tow the vehicle if:

(a) The authority has reason to believe the vehicle is disabled or abandoned; and

(b) The vehicle has been parked or left standing upon any public way for a period in excess of 24 hours without authorization by statute or local ordinance.

(2) The power to take vehicles into custody under this section is in addition to any power to take vehicles into custody under ORS 819.120 (Immediate custody and towing of vehicle constituting hazard or obstruction).

(3) Subject to ORS 819.150 (Rights and liabilities of owner), vehicles and the contents of vehicles taken into custody under this section are subject to a lien as provided under ORS 819.160 (Lien for towing).

(4) The person that tows a vehicle under this section shall have the vehicle appraised within a reasonable time by a person authorized to perform such appraisals under ORS 819.480 (Vehicle appraiser certificate).

(5) Vehicles taken into custody under this section are subject to sale or disposal under ORS 819.210 (Sale or disposal of vehicle not reclaimed) or 819.215 (Disposal of vehicle appraised at $500 or less) if the vehicles are not reclaimed as provided under ORS 819.150 (Rights and liabilities of owner) or returned to the owner or person entitled to possession under ORS 819.190 (Hearing to contest validity of custody and towing). [1983 c.338 §417; 1995 c.758 §8; 2009 c.371 §6]

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Under Former Similar Statute

Due process require­ments of pro­ce­dures for removal by State Police of abandoned and illegally parked vehicles from right of way of state or interstate highway or from state prop­erty, (1981) Vol 41, p 474

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 819—Value and Stolen Vehicles; Vehicle Identification Numbers; Vehicle Appraisers, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors819.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 819, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano819.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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