Second phase of vehicle clean-up to begin

Second phase of vehicle clean-up to begin
(Source: West Memphis Police Dept. via Facebook)

WEST MEMPHIS, AR (KAIT) - Having an inoperable vehicle in your yard in West Memphis may result in a fine.

West Memphis police posted on their Facebook page that beginning April 16, the next phase of the inoperable vehicle removal program will begin.

The department started the program months ago after receiving complaints about hundreds of inoperable cars around the city.

After WMPD took back over ordinance enforcement in March 2017, officers went out in all neighborhoods and wanted people in violation of the ordinance that a new fine and fee schedule was put in place.

Officers found over 600 vehicles met the criteria of an inoperable motor vehicle and gave owners the option to get the vehicles removed from their properties free-of-charge.

Beginning April 16, vehicle owners who are not in compliance with the ordinance will be issued a citation which will result in a $250 fine for the first offense.

Fines will increase if the owner still chooses not to clean the cars up and will top out at $1,000 for repeat offenders.

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