A junked motor vehicle means a vehicle that is in one or more of the following conditions: (1) wrecked, (2) rusted, (3) dismantled or partially dismantled, (4) burned or partially burned, (5) inoperative, (a) abandoned or discarded, or (5) a total loss. (Sec. 26-6 of St. John the Baptist Code of Ordinances). For more information on what it means to be ‘inoperable,’ ‘abandoned’ or a ‘total loss,’ please refer to the Code of Ordinances, as these terms are further defined for clarity.
Further, the nuisance declared (Sec. 26-50 of the Code) with regards to junked vehicles states that “the presence of inoperable, abandoned, or junked vehicles within the Parish generates conditions that may reduce the value of surrounding property; promote blight and deterioration; invite plundering; and create fire hazards that threaten the health, safety, and general welfare of the citizens of St. John the Baptist Parish.”
Within this context, small series of rust spots, dents, dings, or a bent bumper are often—by themselves—too insignificant to be considered blight and result in a violation of the Code. As demonstrated by Sec. 26-50, the intent of Code is to cause the removal of vehicles that call significant, negative attention to themselves to the extent that they may reduce the value of surrounding property, which is a primary consideration when determining whether or not a vehicle is junked and in violation of the Code.