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Commercial Vehicle Section - Abondoned Vehicle Abatement: Frequently Asked Questions

Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Program

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.

Tax Seizure Program

Q: What is the TSP?

A: The CHP provides tax seizure warrant service for three California State agencies: the Board of Equalization, Franchise Tax Board, and the Employment Development Department.

Q: Why does the CHP perform these services?

A: It was agreed that the CHP would continue to perform these duties that were previously conducted by the California State Police.

Q: When you serve a warrant, do you just collect money?

A: The most common items seized by the CHP are: vehicles, vessels, stocks, safe deposit box contents, aircraft, jewelry, and till taps (monies taken from the business cash register).

Q: What happens to the items the CHP seizes for these state agencies?

A: If the owner pays the taxes due the taxing agency, the property is released to the owner. If no payment is made, the property is sold at an auction by the taxing agency.