I recently wrote a post about abandoned vehicles, comparing DC’s requirements for abandoned cars to other jurisdictions. I got a response from the NYC Department of Transportation stating that it’s actually Department of Sanitation that handles burnt out or damaged cars, or in NYC terms, a “derelict vehicle”.
NYC’s regulations for derelict vehicles are even more complicated and permissive than DC’s. In general, there are 10 categories (they’re more like “attributes”) for determining whether a vehicle is derelict, such as a damaged front end or fire damage, and newer vehicles (less than five years old) need to meet more of the categories (up to four required) than older vehicles. It’s interesting that an eight-year-old vehicle that meets only one category (such as front end damage) is considered derelict, unless it’s one of the statutory “Luxury Vehicles”: Rolls Royce, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Jaguar, Porsche, Lamborghini, Ferrari and Lexus. Suck it, Maserati. You’re not a luxury vehicle. Same for you, Bentley. Not a chance, Infiniti. And Cadillac? Nice try.
If your vehicle is a “luxury vehicle”, the Department of Sanitation must handle the vehicle differently according to the “special handling instructions”. Not a scratch! (I wasn’t able to find these online.)
It’s not clear how a car would be allowed to sit long enough in New York City to become a derelict vehicle (at least on public streets), because state law considers a vehicle abandoned after it has been parked illegally for more than 48 hours. Are there any locations in the city where parking for longer than 48 hours is actually allowed? I thought there were alternate parking requirements or something like that.
So NYC will possibly remove your car if it’s been parked illegally for more than 48 hours. Six, if there are no plates. They don’t mess around in the Big Apple.