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Changes to 'Junk Vehicle' Law Expected in Princess Anne

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- Changes are expected soon to a Princess Anne law that prohibits owners from leaving abandoned vehicles in one spot for 10 or more days. 

The town's impound law is not full of motionless eyesores now, but it has been in the past and will be in the future. Princess Anne Police Chief Timothy Bozman said he has noticed an increase in junk vehicles popping up around town in recent years.

"[When] they're [vehicles] not tagged, some of them are on flat tires or have broken windshields, so we try to remove those kind of cars," Bozman said.

However, the chief said getting all of the abandoned cars off the street and private property, which is required by town law, is sometimes challenging. He said some owners will move the vehicle from one place to another to avoid the 72-hour tow notice.

According to the town's code, vehicles with missing car parts, one or more flat tires, missing or broken windows and unlicensed or expired registration are subject to being towed if left "in one place for 10 days or more."

Bozman recently went to the town commissioners with a request to amend the law.

"What we've requested the commissioners to look at is to just change the wording to 10 days period no matter where the car is moved to," Bozman said. "They can put it in a garage, under a cover or something if they have that capability, but it basically goes to keeping a safe town."

Bozman said car tarps should not be used to cover vehicles. The town code does not allow that. 

When police tag vehicles they use an orange sticker. The town's code enforcement officers use a green one. 

Exceptions to the law include antique vehicles and vehicles stored in an enclosed building or on a lot for repairs.  

Garland Hayward, president of the town commissioners, tells WBOC the commissioners are on board with the amendment. The code is being rewritten and will be discussed and approved in the coming weeks.

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