BEND, OR -- The City of Bend began enforcing a new three-business day parking limit for vehicles parked in the public right of way Wednesday. City Manager Eric King says the change is intended to promote parking turnover. "We can regulate parking, we can regulate what we call abandoned vehicles. If somebody is just stationary, in a vehicle, it has to be moved within 3 days."
The Bend Police Department will be in charge of ticketing vehicles that are out of compliance by following up on complaints from the community. But King says this new shorter time limit isn't for rousting the homeless. "We can't just focus on a certain population. That would be discriminatory. There are ways to deal with that situation, but technically, it's not illegal for somebody to be sleeping in their car."
Volunteers will make contact with a reported vehicle, mark the tire with chalk, and return in 3 business days ... if it hasn't been moved, it will be towed, and the owner will be cited. King says, if you see a vehicle that hasn't moved in more than a couple days, you should contact the bend Police department. "Vehicles cannot be on the public right of way, it used to be 5 days, they can't be stationary, because we consider them an abandoned vehicle after 3 business days."
If you've filed a complaint regarding a specific vehicle prior to this week, you will need to resubmit it. You can do that online by going to bendoregon.gov/parkingcomplaint.