APD seeking to revise Unattended Vehicle Ordinance

Published 5:33 pm Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Austin Police Department is seeking to revise the Unattended Vehicle Ordinance as a means to make it more modern.

Under 9.35 Subdivision 1 of the City Code, “It is unlawful for any person to leave a motor vehicle while the engine is running.”

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In a memorandum to the Austin City Council, Austin Police Chief David McKichan stated the APD hopes to eliminate that section, saying it is “antiquated from a time before remote starting equipment.”

McKichan also noted that the APD does not cite for the offenses and that he does not foresee an issue if the section is removed.

The council approved a motion to vote on the proposed removal during its next regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 2.