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You asked: No car washing on Franklin streets, sidewalks

Published 11:41am Saturday, April 27, 2013

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You asked: Can a Franklin resident wash his car or change the oil or anti-freeze with their vehicle parked on the street?


FRANKLIN—Spring is traditionally a time for more than cleaning your home. Whenever the weather’s sunny, Franklin people will often be out washing or tuning up their vehicles. But Donald Goodwin, director of Community Development, pointed out that some city codes have something to say about how and where those activities can be done.

For starters, residents cannot wash or polish their vehicles on a street or sidewalk. If any automobile is washed on private premises, the water cannot run into the streets or city gutters.

Furthermore, residents cannot “grease, dismantle, change the oil of, work on or repair a vehicle upon a street or sidewalk.”

Two exceptions are made, the first being where emergency repairs have to be done, particularly if the disabled vehicle is a traffic hazard. Second, minor maintenance repairs can be done on a public street “within a reasonable time, provided that such vehicle is not blocking or interfering with the normal flow of traffic.”

Violations of the aforementioned codes can be enforced by Franklin police, said Goodwin, and are considered a traffic infraction. The misdemeanor can cost up to $200.

Riverkeeper Jeff Turner for the Blackwater and Nottoway Rivers said there’s a more serious side effect to pouring oil or anti-freeze into city streets or gutters.

“Most people do not understand that if they do that, it goes to the river causing a lot of harm. Antifreeze, oils and even Round-Up are deadly to river life. Several years ago we implemented a storm water campaign to help remind people of this.”

Two hundred markers were placed on manhole covers along the streets at gutters at that time, he added.

“For some reason, most of them are gone now,” he said.

To learn more about keeping rivers clean, contact Turner at 562-5173 or

  • skippy1975

    Changing oil or antifreeze defenitelly a NO NO NO NO;however,washing vehicles I see no problem.

    Suggest Removal

  • Jeff Turner

    Water from the carwash goes to a retention or settling pond.This way the soap/chemicals you are using do not go into the river.

    Suggest Removal

  • MAXX13

    What??? I cannot afford to go and pay money to wash my car at a car wash. Some people can, but where I live I can’t afford it. So if you wash your car at the car wash, where does that water go? I don’t have cement in my driveway to wash my car. I have lawn, dirt.
    Utility rates are going to rise again. LIG Let it go

    Suggest Removal

  • beachgirl

    How the heck can you stop water from running down your driveway? And you can’t polish your vehicle on a street in front of your house?? Who makes these codes…Idiots??

    Suggest Removal

  • HarleyGurl

    One of the MANY reasons I live in the county!

    Suggest Removal

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