OakDOT’s Vehicle Enforcement Unit (VEU) is organized, staffed and equipped to handle three basic service areas:
As part of the City’s Fiscal Year 2021-2023 Budget and in fulfillment of recommendations in the Reimagining Public Safety Task Force, City Council directed staff to transfer staff positions and resources from Oakland Police Department (OPD) to OakDOT in an effort to have civilian matter experts respond to community requests for service that were previously fulfilled through Police staff.
UPDATE (December 2023): OakDOT's Abandoned Auto Unit currently removes between 10-25 vehicles a day, and is working to build this capacity. Requests for abandoned autos have doubled over the past year, and staff now estimate that there are as many as 3,000 vehicles in Oakland's streets and public spaces that are legally towable, many on the first visit. OakDOT is currently prioritizing the removal of vehicles that are stolen, hazardous, burned out, and stripped or otherwise significantly blighted. Vehicles that do not fall into one of those categories will be tagged and towed, but this may take months. Staff is working to bring an informational report to City Council in early 2024 with analysis and recommendations for addressing this growing backlog of abandoned autos. Thank you for using the Oak311 online and app service request system and for providing as much information about the vehicle as possible.