Seattle Announces Plan to Impound Vehicles Out of Compliance with Newly Enforced 72-Hour Parking Law

Vehicles that remain in place for more than 72 consecutive hours will now be subject to a tow, courtesy of the City of Seattle.

Friday, the Seattle Department of Transportation announced that full parking enforcement had resumed, ending a pandemic-era moratorium on the 72-hour parking law.

In a news release, SDOT notes that “Public streets are not an appropriate place for long-term vehicle storage.”

Seattle Public Utilities leads the “RV Remediation” program. SPU performs multiple, monthly site assessments of city areas with five or more RVs in one location “prioritized for cleanup,” according to a spokesperson with SPU.

Up until now, the city has avoided impounding RVs out of compliance with the 72-hour parking law.


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