If you would like to report a vehicle that is abandoned on the County Right of Way, that is not Blocking and not a Traffic Hazard, please contact Kitsap 1 at 360.337.5777, complete this short online form, or email.
If the vehicle is abandoned on private property the Sheriff's Office will not impound that vehicle without other mitigating factors. If a vehicle is abandoned on private property and qualifies as a hulk you may request a hulk vehicle inspection by calling Kitsap 1 at 360.337.5777, complete this short online form, or email.
RCW 46.55.085 LAW ENFORCEMENT IMPOUND-RIGHT OF WAY
(1) A law enforcement officer discovering an unauthorized
vehicle left within a highway right-of-way shall attach to the vehicle a readily
visible notification sticker. The sticker shall contain the following
(a) The date and time the sticker was attached;
(b) The identity of the officer;
(c) A statement that if the vehicle is not removed
within twenty-four hours from the time the sticker is attached, the vehicle may
be taken into custody and stored at the owner's expense;
(d) A statement that if the vehicle is not redeemed as
provided in RCW 46.55.120, the registered owner will have committed the traffic
infraction of littering -- abandoned vehicle; and
(e) The address and telephone number where additional
information may be obtained.
(2) If the vehicle has current
Washington registration plates, the officer shall check the records to learn the
identity of the last owner of record. The officer or his or her department shall
make a reasonable effort to contact the owner by telephone in order to give the
owner the information on the notification sticker.
(3) If the vehicle is not removed within twenty-four hours from the time the
notification sticker is attached, the law enforcement officer may take custody
of the vehicle and provide for the vehicle's removal to a place of safety. A
vehicle that does not pose a safety hazard may remain on the roadside for more
than twenty-four hours if the owner or operator is unable to remove it from the
place where it is located and so notifies law enforcement officials and requests
(4) For the purposes of this section a place of safety includes the business
location of a registered tow truck operator.
[2010 c 8 § 9062;
2002 c 279 § 6; 1993 c 121 § 1; 1987 c 311 § 6. Formerly RCW 46.52.170 and
RCW 46.55.080 LAW ENFORCEMENT IMPOUND, PRIVATE IMPOUND
(1) If a vehicle is in violation of the time restrictions of *RCW 46.55.010(13),
it may be impounded by a registered tow truck operator at the direction of a law
enforcement officer or other public official with jurisdiction if the vehicle is
on public property, or at the direction of the property owner or an agent if it
is on private property. A law enforcement officer may also direct the
impoundment of a vehicle pursuant to a writ or court order.
(2) The person requesting a private impound or a law
enforcement officer or public official requesting a public impound shall provide
a signed authorization for the impound at the time and place of the impound to
the registered tow truck operator before the operator may proceed with the
impound. A registered tow truck operator, employee, or his or her agent may not
serve as an agent of a property owner for the purposes of signing an impound
authorization or, independent of the property owner, identify a vehicle for
(3) In the case of a private impound, the impound
authorization shall include the following statement: "A person authorizing this
impound, if the impound is found in violation of chapter 46.55 RCW, may be held
liable for the costs incurred by the vehicle owner."
(4) A registered tow truck operator shall record and
keep in the operator's files the date and time that a vehicle is put in the
operator's custody and released. The operator shall make an entry into a master
log regarding transactions relating to impounded vehicles. The operator shall
make this master log available, upon request, to representatives of the
department or the state patrol.
(5) A person who engages in or offers to engage in the
activities of a registered tow truck operator may not be associated in any way
with a person or business whose main activity is authorizing the impounding of
[1999 c 398 § 4; 1989 c 111 § 8; 1987 c 311 § 5; 1985 c 377 § 8.]