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Spartanburg cracks down on derelict vehicles

Spartanburg city staff and the Spartanburg Police Department say they’ve ramped up enforcement of derelict vehicle laws in response to multiple complaints.

Teams of police officers and city code enforcers began going through neighborhoods April 26, and have thus far tagged 79 derelict vehicles. A city ordinance defines offending vehicles as inoperable, partially dismantled, lacking a registered owner, having no license plate or being left on private property without consent.

Senior Code Enforcement Officer Jeff Tillerson says the derelict cars attract crime and add to neighborhood blight.

Tagged vehicles have 15 days to come into compliance. Tillerson says the city has received pushback from vehicle owners and therefore posted signs in advance at main intersections and sent letters to neighborhood association presidents.

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