Saltillo tightens individual auto-sale rules

county_lee_greenBy JB Clark

Daily Journal

SALTILLO – Saltillo residents may soon notice fewer vehicles for sale on the city’s main roadways.

The Saltillo Board of Aldermen voted 4-0 last week to pass an ordinance banning individuals from parking vehicles with for-sale signs anywhere besides their own property.

Saltillo Mayor Rex Smith said he has noticed, since taking office, many for-sale vehicles parked in the right-of-way off major roads or in empty lots.

“It’s really not fair to our dealers who are keeping their cars on their lots and paying the sales tax,” Smith said. “We have to treat everyone fairly but it’s mainly to keep people from continuously having a car in their yard for sale or running a sideline business without having a permit and to help our effort to clean up the appearance of Saltillo.”

The new ordinance will require people to fill out an application and pay $10 for a vehicle sale permit, much like the permit system for garage sales.

Saltillo residents will be allowed to purchase two permits for their residence each year and each permit is good for 90 days.

For-sale vehicles also must be licensed and insured to the owner of the residence where they are being displayed.

“If you’re driving to work with a for sale sign in your window, that’s OK,” Smith said. “You just can’t leave it there overnight.”

The ordinance will be enforced by the Saltillo Police Department who will cite any for-sale vehicle left overnight on a property without a sale permit displayed.

If the vehicle is not moved within five days after, it can be towed.

The fine for selling a vehicle without a permit is up to $1,000 or up to 90 days in jail.

“We don’t want to go in and act like a bully on it,” Smith said of the new ordinance. “The vehicle has to belong to the property owner but we may give a little leeway, if people don’t take advantage of it, and allow them parked at the home of a close relative.”

The four aldermen present April 1 voted to pass the new ordinance. Alderman Scott Knight was absent. The new ordinance will take effect May 1.

jb.clark@journalinc.com