Starting Monday, city officials will begin ticketing junk and unregistered cars that are visible to the public, in the first step toward removal.

The Berkshire Eagle reports  city code prohibits storage of junk or unregistered vehicles in plain view of the public, according to Michael Canales, administrative officer. But for years the city has not had a vendor to tow and store vehicles in violation.

Inspectors from the Department of Inspection Services will leave a ticket on any vehicle in violation — in yards, driveways and on the street. Any car that obviously is inoperable will be tagged as a junker. The owner will have three days to dispose of it, or move it into a shed or garage, before it is towed. The owner then would be issued a citation and would be responsible to pay for the tow and storage fees.

An unregistered vehicle also will get a ticket, although the owner will have six months to get it registered or moved into a shed or garage, Canales noted.