Abandoned Vehicle Abatement (AVA)

The AVA Program is a program of the California Highway Patrol that operates through county-based Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Service Authorities. The MCAG Governing Board serves as the Merced County Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Service Authority (Service Authority). This program is a means to remove abandoned vehicles that create a public nuisance and a health or safety hazard through the use of the Abandoned Vehicle Trust Fund. A $1 vehicle registration fee is collected by the Department of Motor Vehicles and paid out quarterly to the Service Authority. MCAG administers the fund and distributes formula-based allocations quarterly to participating agencies.

 MCAG responsibilities

  • Collect required information from participating jurisdictions
  • Calculate distribution based on agreed formula and authorize payments
  • Notify jurisdictions of any surplus funds
  • Prepare quarterly & annual reports