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Research and Planning Section - Abandoned Vehicle Abatement: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the AVA program?

A: The AVA Program provides funds to County Administrators for the removal of abandoned vehicles, as a public nuisance, from within their counties by imposing a $1 registration fee for all vehicles registered within the county.

Q: Can our county patricipate in the AVA program?

A: Yes, if a two-thirds vote of the county board of supervisors and a majority of cities having the majority of incorporated population adopt a resolution providing for the establishment of the Authority and the imposition of the vehicle registration fee. The AVA plan must be submitted to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) for approval no later than August 1st of the year prior to operation.

Q: What does the CHP do?

A: The CHP reviews the AVA plan and makes recommendations for revisions, if necessary, by October 1st . Once the CHP approves the plan, as being consistent with statute and the guidelines contained in CHP Handbook HPH 87.1, it shall be sent to the State Controller's Office (SCO) by the participating county.

Q: What recordkeeping is required?

A: A county participating in the AVA program shall submit a fiscal yearend report to the SCO on or before October 31 of each year or the participating county will lose funding for one year.


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