May 13, 2013

Can a person park multiple cars they own on the street at the same time?

Is there a limit in Ohio as to how many cars someone can own and park on the street? How about rules for parking a car on the street that hasn't moved in more than six months? How about a car that leaks oil all over the street every day?

Let's answer this question, posed by an anonymous reader sent via email, in three parts. Perkins police Chief Ken Klamar answered the inquries:

Q: Is there a limit in Ohio as to how many cars someone can own and park on the street?

KK: There is no limit.

Q: Is there a rule for parking a car on the street that hasn't been moved in a long time?

KK: For vehicles parked on the street in Perkins Township, we can only enforce what that Ohio Revised Code allows with regard to parked motor vehicles. If a vehicle is abandoned on private property or on the roadway, we have options under Section 4513.64 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Q: Is there a rule about a car that leaks oil all over the street every day?

KK: There is not a (state law) that covers that.

"If a township resident has a complaint regarding what they believe is an illegally parked vehicle, i encourage them to call 419-627-0824 ext. 1. to have an officer check on it," Klamar said.

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Speaking of cars (which require gas). When is somebody going to do an in depth report on why gas can jump $.33 in one day. And can they get some answers other than "the price a a barrell". That excuse is way too old and not within the math anymore.


Because consumers don't care. The only thing keeping the price of anything down is elasticity of demand - what the market will bear.
When you see two gas stations across the street from each other, with a price difference of 10 cents a gallon, and the higher priced one has more people buying gas, that's the reason. What incentive is there for the other owner not to raise his price to match?

The Bizness

If there is a car leaking oil or fluids I think someone should call the soil and water district, EPA, or health dept.


I had the oil leak issue with my neighbor last summer. I contacted the city who in turn contacted the fire department. I'm not sure what ever happened, if anything but at least I got a response.


I don't know how much a stretch it would be but ORC 3767.32 states "No person, regardless of intent, shall deposit litter or cause litter to be deposited on any public property, on private property not owned by the person, or in or on waters of the state".

Definition of "litter":garbage, trash, waste, rubbish, ashes, cans, bottles, wire, paper, cartons, boxes, automobile parts, furniture, glass, or anything else of an unsightly or unsanitary nature.

In my opinion, an oil leak is an unsightly and unsanitary waste. Perhaps there's a litter charge in the future for the oil leak perp!


There are some very cheap ways to get rid of things one considers unsightly. They are not always legal, unfortunately.

Just Sayin IMHO

I think someone just doesn't like their neighbors.