Abandoned Vehicles

The City of Rancho Cucamonga enacted Rancho Cucamonga Municipal Code 10.44.130; which states that no person shall park, leave standing, or store a vehicle upon any publicly maintained street for more than 72 continuous hours. A vehicle will be considered in violation of this section if it has not been moved more than 2/10th's of one mile or one thousand fifty six feet within 72 hours.

If an officer receives a report of an abandoned vehicle or while patrolling suspects a vehicle is abandoned or inoperable the vehicle may be tagged with a 72 hour warning notice. If the vehicle has not been moved after 72 hours the vehicle can be towed as a violation of California Vehicle Code 22651(k). The vehicle can be towed without a warning tag being issued if there is evidence the vehicle has been parked in the same location for more than 72 hours, or if an officer marks tires, checks vehicle mileage, etc. 

Abandoned vehicles can be hazardous and unsightly if they are leaking fluids, have broken windows, or accumulate cobwebs and debris and invite pests, they may be stolen vehicles that have been dumped by a vehicle thief after use, the owner may have moved and left the vehicle behind, or it may be a vehicle that no longer runs and is being stored on the street by owner.

Common signs that a vehicle may be abandoned or a "dumped" stolen vehicle are:

  • a build up of dirt on or under the vehicle
  • trash, plant growth, debris, or a build up of cobwebs under the vehicle
  • the vehicle is parked illegally or crooked
  • the vehicle has a flat tire, collision damage severe enough that the vehicle can't be driven, or vehicle parts missing

If you would like to report an abandoned vehicle or suspected stolen and "dumped" vehicle, please call our non-emergency dispatch number at (909) 941-1488.

If your vehicle has been tagged with a warning notice and it is not abandoned, simply move it the required distance within 72 hours of the warning notice to prevent further action.