Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 337.
Towing — See Ch. 361.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 373.
§ 371-2Enforcement; removal and securing of vehicle.
§ 371-3Procedures for selling abandoned or junked vehicles.
§ 371-4Reclamation of vehicle.
§ 371-5Abandonment on private land declared unlawful.
§ 371-6Presumption of abandonment.
§ 371-7Abandonment on public land declared unlawful.
§ 371-8Enclosed storage not prohibited.
§ 371-9Violations and penalties.
§ 371-10Continuation of violation; remedies.
The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and enforcement of this chapter:
- ABANDONED VEHICLE
- A vehicle which:
Is parked without the current year's registration or identification markers as required by law;
Is parked out of doors in a mechanically inoperative condition for a period of 30 consecutive days;
Is so disabled as to constitute an obstruction to traffic and the driver or person owning or in charge thereof neglects or refuses to move the same to a place where it will not obstruct traffic; or
Is parked out of doors and is found without one or more tires for a period of 30 consecutive days.
- JUNK VEHICLE
- Any vehicle which is no longer in actual use as a motor vehicle or which is wholly unfit, without rebuilding or reconditioning, for use in highway transportation or which has been discarded for use as a motor vehicle or otherwise abandoned.
- Any person, firm, partnership, corporation, company, association or organization of any kind.
- Any real property within the Town of Dover which is not a street or highway.
- STREET OR HIGHWAY
- The entire width between the boundary lines of every way publicly maintained when any part thereof is open to the use of the public or vehicular travel.
- A machine propelled by power other than human power designed to travel along the ground by the use of wheels, treads, runners or slides and shall include, without limitation, automobile, truck, trailer, motorcycle, tractor, buggy and wagon.
Whenever any member of the Police Department of the Town of Dover, the Rehabilitation Director of the Town of Dover, the Uniform Construction Code Official and/or the Zoning Officer, who are hereby authorized to enforce the terms of this chapter [hereinafter "enforcing officer(s)"], finds an abandoned or junk vehicle, as defined in this chapter, on any public street or public property or private property within the Town of Dover, he shall take possession thereof by removing or securing its removal to such garage or place as may be designated by the enforcement officer or by securely placing a written notice on said motor vehicle which states that the enforcing officer has taken possession thereof and that said motor vehicle shall be removed from said public street, public highway or public or private property.
Upon taking into possession an abandoned or junk vehicle, the enforcing officer shall follow the procedures established by Title 39, Chapter 10A, of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey to sell such abandoned or junk vehicle at public auction.
At any time prior to sale, the owner or other person entitled thereto may reclaim possession of the motor vehicle upon payment of the reasonable costs of removal and storage of the vehicle and any fine or penalty and court costs assessed against him for a violation which gave rise to the seizure or taking possession of such vehicle.
It shall be unlawful for any person, either as owner, occupant, lessee, agent, tenant or otherwise of any private property within the Town of Dover, to store, place, leave or deposit or cause or permit to be stored, placed, left or deposited an abandoned or junk vehicle upon any private land within the corporate limits of the Town of Dover.
Any abandoned or junk vehicle, as defined herein, found upon private property in the Town of Dover shall be presumed to have been stored, placed, left or deposited upon said property by permission of the owner, occupant, lessee, agent or tenant of said property.
It shall be unlawful for any person to place, leave, store or deposit or cause to be placed, left, stored or deposited any abandoned vehicle or junk vehicle out of doors upon any public or private property or on any street or highway within the Town of Dover.
Nothing herein contained shall be deemed to prohibit the placing, keeping or storage of any such vehicle in an enclosed garage, barn or other building.
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to one or more of the following: a fine not exceeding $1,000, a term of imprisonment not exceeding 90 days or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days. Each day such violation is committed or permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punishable as such hereunder.
A continuance of a violation or a noncompliance with the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed a nuisance, and the Mayor and Board of Aldermen and the enforcing officials shall have the right to apply to the boards of this state for injunctive or other relief, in addition to the penalties provided for herein.