Q&A - Unlicenced Car on My Property?
I live in Castlegar. I received a notice from the city Bylaw office regarding a car I have parked on my property. According to bylaw 1120 #1(h). I am not allowed to have an "unlicensed" vehicle anywhere on my property. Am I the only one who thinks this is nuts? Its my winter car; A 2000 Chrysler Neon. Its in great shape. I don't have storage insurance on it, but since you don't get plates when you have storage insurance, there is no way the bylaw officer could know if I have it or not. Im trying to get as much info as possible before I talk to the city about this. I contacted the Castlegar RCMP and they said it is not illegal to keep an unlicensed vehicle on my property, and they were unaware of the bylaw. I also contacted my insurance agent here in Castlegar and she was as shocked as I was, and had also never heard of anything like this before. Just to be clear: This car is not on the street, or even on that part of my yard that's considered the neutral zone between the street and my property. It is well inside my back yard behind a fence. It is rust free with good rubber and is 100% drive-able and can be started up and licensed for the road right now. I am the sole owner of the vehicle and the property its parked on. The last time i had insurance on it was about 11 months ago. Any info or advice from everyone would be great. Here is what the Bylaw says exactly:
(h) "wrecked vehicle": A motor vehicle as defined in the Motor Vehicle Act that:
(i)is not licensed for the current year; or
(ii) is not capable of being moved by its own motive power; or
(iii) is reduced to parts, frames, or bodies of a motor vehicle unless such vehicle or parts thereof are situated in and enclosed by a building" (bylaw 1158)
I just think this is really stupid. All of us that live in the interior know that we have California summers and Alaskan winters. If there's any place on Earth where it makes perfect sense to have both a summer, and a winter vehicle, its here.