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Pittsburgh Officials Set To Clear Abandoned Vehicles From City Streets

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Katie Blackley
90.5 WESA
Pittsburgh police will work with traffic supervisors to tow as many abandoned vehicles as possible in Allentown and Beltzhoover Tuesday. Pictured is a vehicle donated for auction on Wednesday, August 7, 2019.

The City of Pittsburgh will begin a campaign to clear abandoned vehicles from city streets Tuesday. The effort will begin in Allentown and Beltzhoover before moving to other neighborhoods city-wide.

Residents are encouraged to report abandoned vehicles to 311 by calling or filling out an online request form.

“Abandoned vehicles are a blight on neighborhoods and we’re making a special commitment of resources to address them,” Mayor Bill Peduto said. “I urge residents to help police by letting us know of any such vehicles in their neighborhoods.”

To report an abandoned car, residents will need to be prepared to provide the location of the vehicle, a description and the license plate number. Officials may ask residents reporting abandoned vehicles for contact information such as an email address, phone number and home address.

If the vehicle is parked legally and the inspection and registration stickers are valid, it is not considered abandoned, according to officials.

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police will use officers from all six police zones to work with traffic supervisors to tow as many abandoned vehicles as possible, according to a release.

Police will repeat the towing campaigns throughout the city in coming weeks and clear as many 311 complaints as possible.