Village of Great Neck Estates, NY
Nassau County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Great Neck Estates 4-7-1986 by L.L. 4-1986 (Ch. 120 of the 1981 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fees — See Ch. 109.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 217.

§ 210-1 Definitions.

Unless otherwise expressly provided, for the purpose of this chapter, the following words shall have the meanings herein indicated:
ACCIDENT
Any incident or occurrence in which one or more vehicles comes into contact with each other or other object, thereby causing personal injury or property damage.
DRIVER
Any person driving a tow car for hire within the enforcement jurisdiction of the Village.
FOR HIRE
Any incident where a fee, charge or other consideration is directly or indirectly imposed for towing, carrying or removing any vehicle and shall be inclusive of repairs made on a towed vehicle for a consideration although no charge is expressly imposed for the towing of such vehicle. For the purpose of this chapter, the towing of a motor vehicle with a registration different from the tow car shall be presumed to be for hire.
OPERATE
The control and direction of the use of a vehicle for towing from places within the enforcement jurisdiction of the Village.
OWNER
A person owning, leasing or controlling one or more tow cars and driving, operating or causing any such vehicle to be operated for hire within the enforcement jurisdiction of the Village.
PERSON
An individual, partnership, unincorporated association, corporation or other entity.
RESTRICTED LICENSE
That license issued to the owners of towing cars and authorizing the holder thereof to engage in all tow car operations, except that he may not respond to the scene of an accident or remove a disabled vehicle from the scene of an accident; nor may he solicit any person involved in an accident at the scene of such accident for the towing of such vehicle, whether directly or indirectly, on his behalf or on behalf of any other person, firm or corporation; nor may he, at the scene of an accident where towing is required, make an estimate of the cost of repairs or offer to make such an estimate or offer to make such repairs, although no charge is imposed for towing. No such solicitation shall be made at the scene of the accident nor from the private property in the vicinity of the scene of the accident.
SCENE OF ACCIDENT
Any area of a street or private property where a vehicular accident has occurred or to which a vehicle is removed to prevent obstruction of traffic and will remain so until the vehicle or vehicles are removed either under their own power or by a properly licensed tow car.
SOLICIT
To entreat, to approach with a request or plea, to strongly urge, to accost or to try to obtain by asking.
TERMINAL
Any place of business maintaining twenty-four-hour service and located within the Village, the Town of North Hempstead or within an incorporated Village located within the area of the Town of North Hempstead, where the licensee, as the sole business activity conducted on the premises, or in conjunction with a business activity on the premises owned or operated by the licensee, maintains a licensed tow car to respond to calls regarding motor vehicles.
TOWING
The moving or removing of a motor vehicle by another vehicle or tow car for hire.
TOWING CAR or TOW CAR
A vehicle which either is towing or is equipped with a crane, winch or similar device designed to raise, remove, push, pull or carry a motor vehicle or the front or rear end thereof. For the purpose of this section, the following shall not be considered "towing cars":
A. 
Vehicles of a governmental agency.
B. 
Vehicles used exclusively for towing motor vehicles which are owned, leased or operated by the owner or lessee of the towing vehicle or by a person, firm or corporation which is affiliated with the owner of the towing vehicle, and such vehicles have legibly inscribed on each side, in letters not less than three inches high, the legend "not for public hire."
TOWN
The Town of North Hempstead.
UNRESTRICTED LICENSE
That license which is issued to the owners of towing cars authorizing the holder thereof to engage in all tow car operations, including responding to the scene of an accident as hereinafter provided. The Town Clerk shall have authority to limit the number of unrestricted towing car licenses to be issued hereunder to any one licensee in accordance with such reasonable standards as he or she may establish.
VILLAGE
The Village of Great Neck Estates.

§ 210-2 Owner's license.

A. 
License required. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any tow car owned or controlled by him or permit the same to be operated within the enforcement jurisdiction of the Village without first having obtained and then having in force an owner's license therefor as hereinafter provided.
B. 
Duration of license. Every license issued hereunder shall expire on the 30th day of June next succeeding the date of its issuance, unless sooner revoked by the Town Clerk as hereinafter provided.
C. 
Application for license. Every person who desires to operate a tow car or tow cars owned by him within the Village shall file with the Clerk of the Town of North Hempstead, hereinafter referred to as the "Town Clerk," a written application upon forms to be furnished by the Town Clerk, verified under oath, stating:
(1) 
The name and address of the applicant and address of the place from which tow cars are proposed to be garaged and dispatched, specifying in the case of any corporation or unincorporated association the names and addresses of each officer.
(2) 
All crimes of which the applicant or any member thereof, if an unincorporated association, or any officer thereof, if a corporation, has been convicted, stating the name and location of the court and the date on which such convictions were had and the penalties imposed therefor.
(3) 
The experience of the applicant in the towing of vehicles for hire.
(4) 
Any facts which tend to prove that the public conveniences requires the granting of a license to the applicant.
(5) 
The number of vehicles proposed to be operated by the applicant and a description of each such vehicle, including the make, model, year of manufacture, New York registration number and motor number thereof.
(6) 
The age and citizenship of the applicant and each member thereof, if an, unincorporated association, and each officer thereof, if a corporation.
(7) 
The location of any garages, storage areas and terminals proposed to be used by the applicant.
(8) 
Whether the applicant wishes his name to appear on the town tow-car list as detailed below.
(9) 
Any other relevant information which the Town Clerk may require.
D. 
Restricted and unrestricted licenses.
(1) 
Applicants for a restricted license or supplementary restricted license will be required to pay a nonrefundable fee as set forth in Chapter 109, Fees, and will be limited to normal towing and will not be permitted at scenes of accidents.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(2) 
Applicants for an unrestricted or supplementary unrestricted license will be required to pay a nonrefundable fee as set forth in Chapter 109, Fees, and will be allowed at accident scenes. The unrestricted licensee will qualify as provided below:[2]
(a) 
The licensee shall own, operate and maintain a bona fide terminal within the Town of North Hempstead or an incorporated Village within the area of the Town of North Hempstead.
(b) 
Such terminal shall maintain twenty-four-hour service to respond to emergency calls regarding motor vehicles, and said terminal shall be equipped to properly store and safeguard a towed vehicle.
(c) 
The tow truck or trucks of such licensee shall be equipped with a lifting boom or similar device in the rear of the truck, as well as equipment to push all types of vehicles, a minimum one-and-one-half-ton power winch, dolly wheels, a snatch block, at least 100 feet of three-eighths-inch steel cable, a fire extinguisher, a crowbar, an emergency flashing light, at least one dozen flares, a heavy-duty broom and a shovel.
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
E. 
Additional requirements. Every individual applicant for an owner's license shall, at the time of submitting his application:
(1) 
Submit two individual photographs of the applicant taken within 30 days prior to the date of the application, such photographs to be 1 1/2 inches by 1 1/2 inches in size, and such pictures must be a true likeness of the applicant and must show neck, shoulders and uncovered head.
(2) 
Be fingerprinted under the direction and supervision of the Town Clerk.
F. 
Police investigation. Upon receipt of any application, the Town Clerk may refer the same to any authorized investigative agency for whatever investigation it shall deem necessary or advisable and report thereon.
G. 
Issuance of license.
(1) 
If the Town Clerk shall find that the tow-car service in the town, and particularly in the area in which the applicant proposes to operate, is required by the public convenience and necessity and, from the statements contained in the application for a tow car owner's license, that the applicant is a fit person and capable of properly conducting such tow car business conforming to the provisions of this chapter, then the Town Clerk, upon the certification of each tow car proposed to be operated by the applicant pursuant to this section and the furnishing by the applicant of proof of insurance as hereinafter provided, shall issue a license stating the name and address of the applicant, the date of the issuance thereof and the number of vehicles the applicant is authorized to operate. At the same time, the Town Clerk shall issue for each vehicle licensed hereunder a license bearing the words "Licensed Tow Car," an assigned number and the year of issuance. Otherwise such application shall be denied.
(2) 
Before making any findings as to whether public convenience and necessity justify the issuance of a tow car owner's license, or the licensing of additional tow cars, the Town Clerk shall cause to be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Town of North Hempstead a notice stating that application has been made and containing a statement that written arguments as to whether public convenience and necessity require the licensing of such vehicles must be filed with the Town Clerk on or before the date fixed therein, which date must be not fewer than eight days after the date of such publication. Any arguments so filed must be considered by the Town Clerk in making findings as to public convenience and necessity.
H. 
Facts to be considered. In making the findings required by the Town Clerk, the Town Clerk shall take into consideration the number of tow cars already in operation in the town, particularly in the area in which the applicant proposes to locate his garage, storage areas and terminals; whether existing tow car service is adequate to meet the public need; the probable effect of additional tow cars on local traffic conditions; the character, experience and responsibility of the applicant; and the adequacy of the service which the applicant proposes to give.
I. 
Additional information may be required. The Town Clerk, may, in his or her discretion, before the issuance of a license, require the applicant and any others having knowledge of the facts to submit to an examination under oath and to produce evidence relating thereto, or hold a hearing upon such application as hereinafter provided.
J. 
Application to add vehicles.
(1) 
Every licensed owner who desires to add to the number of tow cars which such owner is duly licensed to operate shall file a written application under oath with the Town Clerk stating:
(a) 
The name and address of the applicant.
(b) 
The applicant/owner's license number.
(c) 
Any facts which the applicant believes tend to prove that the public convenience and necessity require such addition.
(d) 
A description of each such additional tow car, including the make, model and year of manufacture.
(2) 
If the Town Clerk shall find that public necessity warrants the addition of the tow car(s), the Town Clerk shall issue a supplementary owner's license stating the name and address of the applicant; the number of the owner's operator's license; the motor number(s) and New York State registration number(s) of the vehicle(s); the number of additional vehicles the owner is authorized to operate; the date of issuance thereof; and, at the same time, a license for each additional tow car in the form designated under Subsection G, Issuance of license. Otherwise, such application shall be denied.
K. 
Application for addition or change of place of service.
(1) 
Every owner licensed under this chapter who desires to add additional places of tow car service or who desires to transfer a place of tow car service shall file with the Town Clerk a written application under oath, stating:
(a) 
The name and address of the applicant.
(b) 
The applicant/owner's license number.
(c) 
Any facts which the applicant believes tend to prove that the public convenience and necessity require such additional places of tow car service or transfer of place of tow car service.
(d) 
The address of the additional place of tow car service or transfer of tow car service.
(2) 
If the Town Clerk shall find that the additional places or transfer of tow car service is in the public interest, then the Town Clerk shall issue written authorization setting forth the additional places or transfer, as the case may be, and the date thereof. Otherwise, such application shall be denied.
L. 
License renewal. Any license issued under this section may be renewed annually, for additional periods of one year from the date of expiration, upon the filing of an application containing all the information required by the provisions of this chapter for original applications, with the exception of any allegation as to public necessity.
M. 
Inspection of vehicle required. No license shall be issued or renewed under this section which shall permit the use of any vehicle as a tow car unless and until such vehicle has been inspected and certified by the Town Clerk as conforming to the requirements as to condition and inspection set forth in § 210-6C and D.
N. 
Liability insurance required. Before the issuance of a license under this section, each applicant shall file with the Town Clerk evidence that it is insured against public liability in the limits of $300,000 for personal injury to each person, $500,000 for personal injury for each accident and $25,000 for property damage, which insurance shall be maintained in force during the period covered by the license.
O. 
License not transferable. The owner's license issued hereunder shall not be transferable.

§ 210-3 Driver's license.

A. 
License required. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a tow car for hire within the Village as a driver or in connection therewith unless such driver shall have first obtained a license from the Town Clerk as hereinafter provided.
B. 
Duration of license. Every driver's license under this section shall be effective as of the date of the granting thereof and shall expire on the 30th day of June next succeeding, unless sooner revoked by the Town Clerk as hereinafter provided.
C. 
Application for license. Every person making an application for a driver's license shall file a written, verified application, upon forms to be furnished by the Town Clerk, setting forth the following information:
(1) 
The name, address and age of the applicant.
(2) 
A full description of the applicant, including height, weight, color of eyes and hair, any scars or marks and the nature of any physical infirmity from which the applicant may suffer.
(3) 
Recommendation by two residents of Nassau County, each of whom has known the applicant for a period of three years or more and each of whom will vouch for the applicant's sobriety, honesty and general good character.
(4) 
Whether or not the applicant is a citizen of the United States.
(5) 
The names and addresses of the applicant's employers during the last two years prior to his application.
(6) 
All crimes of which the applicant has ever been convicted, stating the date and place of each such conviction, the name and location of the court in which and the date on which each such conviction was had and the penalty imposed therefor.
(7) 
The number, class and date of issuance of the applicant's New York State operator's license, as required by the Vehicle and Traffic Law.
(8) 
Any other relevant information which the Town Clerk may require.
D. 
Additional information. Every applicant for a driver's license shall, at the time of submitting such application, also:
(1) 
Submit two individual photographs of the applicant taken within 30 days prior to the date of the application, such photographs to be 1 1/2 inches by 1 1/2 inches in size, and such pictures must be in a true likeness of the applicant and must show only neck, shoulders and uncovered head.
(2) 
Exhibit a current New York State operator's license, for inspection.
(3) 
Be fingerprinted under the direction and supervision of the Town Clerk, as provided by law, together with any fee as may be authorized.
E. 
Investigation required. Upon the receipt of any application, the Town Clerk may refer the fingerprints to any authorized investigative agency for inspection and report thereon.
F. 
Issuance of driver's license. Upon the completion of the investigation provided for in this section, the Town Clerk shall issue a tow car driver's license to the applicant if the Town Clerk shall find that the applicant holds a New York State operator's license and is a qualified person to drive a tow car, considering the applicant's experience, criminal and driving records and character. Otherwise, such application shall be denied.
G. 
Fees for driver's license. The fees for filing applications hereunder shall be paid to the Town Clerk at the time the application is filed and shall not be refunded if the application is not approved. Said fees shall be as set forth in Chapter 109, Fees.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
H. 
License not transferable. The license issued hereunder shall not be transferable.

§ 210-4 Application for review.

Any applicant who shall have been denied a license under this chapter or who shall have been issued a license for fewer tow cars than the number for which application was made or whose license has been suspended or revoked by the Town Clerk may, in addition to whatever other legal recourse is available, apply to the Town Board for a review of the action by the Town Clerk as hereinafter provided.
A. 
The application to review the Town Clerk's determination shall be in writing, signed and verified by the applicant, and shall state the reasons for claiming that the Town Clerk's determination was erroneous.
B. 
The application for such review must be filed with the Town Clerk within 20 days of the receipt by the applicant, either by mail or in person, of the denial of the Town Clerk.
C. 
Upon the filing of such application to review, the Town Board shall hold a hearing thereon within 30 days from the filing of the application referred to above, pursuant to the provisions hereinafter set forth.

§ 210-5 Hearings.

A. 
Hearing by Town Board.
(1) 
Whenever it shall be provided herein that a hearing may be held by the Town Board, such hearing shall be held on a date and at a place and hour designated by the Town Board, but in no event shall this date exceed 30 days from the date of the filing of the application for review.
(2) 
The Town Clerk shall give notice thereof, stating the name and address of the applicant or license holder concerned, the subject matter of the hearing and the date, place and hour designated therefor, by mailing a copy thereof to the applicant or license holder concerned at the address shown upon the most recent application of such applicant or licensee at least 10 days before such hearing.
(3) 
At such hearing, the Town Board shall consider the application made to the Town Clerk in relation to the Town Clerk's determination and, in its discretion, may receive new or additional evidence in support of or in opposition to the determination under review.
(4) 
The applicant or license holder involved shall be entitled to be represented by legal counsel and to present such competent and material testimony or other evidence as may be relevant to the subject matter of the hearing.
(5) 
All witnesses shall be sworn and examined under oath.
B. 
Board's decision. The Town Board, after such hearing, may grant, refuse or revoke such license. The decision of the Board shall be subject to review by proceeding pursuant to Article 78 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules.

§ 210-6 Issuance of vehicle licenses.

A. 
Fees. Upon the issuance of a license or supplementary license, the fees shall be payable to the Town Clerk.[1]
(1) 
Owner in town. License fees shall be as set forth in Chapter 109, Fees.
(2) 
Owner from out of town.
(a) 
Any tow car owner, whose principal place of business is not in the Village or elsewhere in the Town of North Hempstead, who has obtained valid tow car licenses as set forth herein from a municipality within the County of Nassau granting the same privileges and pursuant to the same restrictions as set forth herein which apply to tow car owners licensed by the Town of North Hempstead, shall be exempt from the fee provisions set forth herein and shall pay the fees set forth in Chapter 109, Fees.
(b) 
Upon payment of the fee and issuance of said unrestricted reciprocal license, a tow car owner is entitled to be placed on the towing list of the Town of North Hempstead.
(c) 
The reciprocal license stated above shall be a filing fee and will not be refunded if a license is not issued.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
B. 
Record to be kept of licenses issued. The Town Clerk shall keep a record of the name and address of each person to whom a tow car owner's license has been issued under this chapter, showing the date and number of such license and all renewals, suspensions and revocations thereof, and a record of each tow car licensed hereunder, stating the make, model, year of manufacture, New York State registration number and motor number thereof and the name and address of the person owning said tow car, and a record of each driver's license issued hereunder, showing the name and address of such driver, his New York State operator's license number, the driver's license issued hereunder and the date of issuance of such driver's license.
C. 
Condition of vehicle. Every vehicle operated within the Village as a tow car shall be kept mechanically fit, of good appearance and in a good, safe condition for towing.
D. 
Inspection of vehicle required. The Town Clerk shall establish reasonable rules and regulations for the inspection of tow cars operated upon the streets of the Village.

§ 210-7 Suspension or revocation of license.

Causes for suspension and/or revocation of license:
A. 
Any license issued hereunder may be suspended or revoked, for a period to be determined by the Town Clerk, if the holder thereof shall violate any provision of this law or any rule or regulation adopted hereunder or of any law, rule or regulations of the Village or if the holder thereof shall be convicted of a violation of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York, except parking violations, or of any law or regulation of the State of New York or of any municipality of the State of New York or of any crime or if the holder thereof shall be guilty of making a false statement or misrepresentation on his or her application. A license hereunder shall not be suspended or revoked by the Town Clerk without a hearing having been held thereupon not less than two business days after written notice thereof shall have been given to the licensee, either in person or by registered or certified mail.
B. 
The Town Clerk, upon receiving information giving reasonable cause to believe that the holder of any license issued hereunder has violated any provision of this chapter or has been convicted of any violation referred to in this section, or is guilty of having made a false statement or misrepresentation in his or her application, may temporarily suspend forthwith such license until such time as a hearing is held by the Town Clerk as provided in this section and the Town Clerk shall have rendered a determination thereon.
C. 
No person shall give or offer to give any payment, fee, reward or other thing of value, directly or indirectly, for obtaining information of a disabled vehicle, and it shall be unlawful to have printed any card or other notice offering to give a payment, fee, reward or other thing of value for such information. Violation of this subsection shall be a ground upon which the Town Clerk may suspend any towing license pursuant to final disposition in the manner set forth in this section.

§ 210-8 Regulations for owners.

A. 
Identification of vehicle. Each tow car operated hereunder shall have inscribed on the outside of each front door the trade name and terminal address of the owner, in letters not less than two inches in height, either painted or otherwise securely affixed. The medallion shall be affixed to the left front door or in a conspicuous place adjacent to the left front door.
B. 
Display of rates. A tow car owner shall have legibly inscribed on each side of the tow car, in letters and numerals not less than 1 1/2 inches in height, the lawful towing rates, except that the Town Clerk may waive this provision upon the determination that this provision is in conflict with requirements of other state or municipal authorities.
C. 
Towing, storage and labor charges.
(1) 
Towing charges. The charges for towing shall be based solely upon the distance that the motor vehicle is to be towed and shall not be estimated or based upon the availability of tow cars. Towing charges shall be at the rate of not more than $25 for the first mile or part thereof and not more than $2 for each additional mile or part thereof.
(2) 
Storage charges. Outside storage charges shall be at the rate of not more than $3.50 per day for the first seven days and not more than $7.50 per day thereafter. Inside storage charges may be determined by written agreement between the parties. All vehicles must be stored on the premises of the licensee, whether indoors or outdoors, and shall not be permitted on any public highway.
(3) 
Labor charges. It shall be lawful and proper to charge the following additional labor charges.
(a) 
A charge not exceeding $20 for the use of dollies or a flatbed truck only when the same are required due to the condition of the vehicle to be towed.
(b) 
A charge not exceeding $10 per half hour or part thereof when the use of special skills is required to right an overturned vehicle or to remove it from an off-the-road location.
(4) 
The maximum towing and storage charges set forth in this section shall not apply to:
(a) 
Motor trucks exceeding one-and-one-half-ton capacity.
(b) 
The towing of motor vehicles pursuant to a contract executed prior to the need for towing, provided that such motor vehicles are either owned or leased by the contracting party.
D. 
Estimates and repairs. No fee shall be charged either directly or indirectly for making an estimate for repairs on any motor vehicle in an accident or otherwise disabled without the prior written consent of the owner of the disabled vehicle. The agreement form for repairs required hereunder must be in substantially the following form:
AGREEMENT FOR REPAIRS
It is hereby agreed between __________________________ (insert name and address of owner or person in charge authorized to enter agreement) and __________________________ (insert name, address, telephone number and license number of tow car of licensee or repairer) that ____________________ (owner or person in charge) agrees to pay the sum of _______________ dollars ($________) to _______________ (repairer) who, in consideration thereof, agrees to repair a ___________________ (year, make and type of automobile) New York Registration No. __________, which was involved in an accident or otherwise disabled and removed by a tow car.
Licensee
Dated at
, this
day of
, 20
.
(Owner)[  ]
(Person in Charge)[  ]
(Check Appropriate One)
E. 
Towing authorization. Except as provided hereafter, no motor vehicle shall be towed without an authorization on a form prescribed by the Town Clerk signed by the owner of the vehicle or other person in charge thereof. Such authorization shall be for the towing, labor and storage of the vehicle only and shall show the rates to be charged for the towing, labor and storage of said vehicle. Such signed authorization shall be retained for a period of six months and shall be exhibited upon demand to an official of the Village, Town of North Hempstead or any member of the Nassau County Police Department or any other police department. The towing authorization required hereunder must be in substantially the following form:
TOWING AUTHORIZATION
(Insert name, address and phone number of licensed towing company)
Date: ____________
Name:
Address:
   (City)
(Town)
Make and type of car
Year
State registration number
Towed from
to
Towing charges:
[Amount shown on filed schedule not to exceed $25 for the first mile or part thereof; each additional mile or part thereof, $2]
Storage charges:
[Amount shown on filed schedule not to exceed $3.50 for each 24 hours or part thereof for the first seven days and $7.50 per day thereafter. Inside storage additional.]
Labor charges:
Tow car driver's name:
Address:
License number:
Tow car's medallion number:
State registration number:
I authorize the towing of the above automobile.
Signature of owner or person in charge
F. 
Towing from private property. No motor vehicle which is parked on private property without authorization of the property owner shall be towed therefrom unless the following conditions are met:
(1) 
The property owner or the owner's authorized agent shall file with the police precinct having jurisdiction a copy of a written agreement authorizing one or more tow car owners to tow unauthorized parked cars.
(2) 
The property owner shall post in a conspicuous place or places and at all entrances to the property, signs stating that unauthorized parked cars will be towed away at the owner's expense, and stating where the vehicle can be recovered.
(3) 
The authorized tow car owner shall tow unauthorized parked cars only upon the direction of the property owner or the property owner's authorized agent.
(4) 
The tow car owner shall notify or cause to be notified the police precinct having jurisdiction of the towing of an unauthorized parked car, and the location to which it is being towed.
G. 
Bill for towing,
(1) 
The owner of a tow car shall have prepared a pad of prenumbered bills containing a printed billhead showing the name and address of such owner's place of business. The operator of a tow car shall prepare a bill on this billhead form in duplicate, the original of which shall be furnished to the owner of the motor vehicle or such owner's authorized representative. This bill must be printed in a form approved by the Town Clerk and shall contain the following information:
(a) 
The full name and address of the person engaging the tow car.
(b) 
The state registration number of the motor vehicle.
(c) 
The total amount to be charged for towing, labor and storage (rate per 24 hours or part thereof).
(d) 
The full name and address of the operator of the tow car.
(e) 
The state registration number of the tow car.
(f) 
The tow car license number.
(2) 
The duplicate of the bill shall be retained by the tow car owner for a period of six months at such owner's place of business as set forth on his license. These bills shall be exhibited upon demand of any official of the Village, Town of North Hempstead or any member of the Nassau County Police Department. Upon payment of the bill given to the owner of the motor vehicle or such owner's authorized representative, the licensee shall acknowledge receipt of payment of such bill.
H. 
Storage of vehicles at terminal.
(1) 
Any vehicle stored upon a premises designated by a licensed tow car owner as a terminal shall be presumed to be so stored with the full knowledge, permission and consent of said tow car owner.
(2) 
No tow car owner shall permit a terminal to be used for storage of vehicles towed upon terminal premises unless the tow car delivering such vehicle is duly licensed pursuant to this chapter.
(3) 
Any bill for storage of vehicles at such terminal shall contain the name and business address of the tow car owner who towed the vehicle onto the premises.

§ 210-9 Regulations for drivers.

A. 
Requirements of drivers. A licensed tow car driver shall:
(1) 
Have his or her identification card in good condition in such driver's possession at all times while engaged in such driver's occupation as a tow car driver and, while so engaged shall also be in possession of such driver's operator's license.
(2) 
Not permit any other person to use his identification card.
(3) 
Not be engaged on an unlicensed tow car or on a tow car for which the license has been suspended or revoked.
(4) 
Promptly report the loss of an identification card to the Town Clerk.
(5) 
Report change of address to the Town Clerk within 48 hours.
(6) 
Have with him or her at all times while engaged in occupation as a tow car driver properly authorized forms for towing and repair, such forms to be printed and maintained by tow car owners.
B. 
Conduct at accidents. Each tow car driver at the scene of an accident shall:
(1) 
Exhibit his or her identification card to the owner of the disabled vehicle or any member of the Nassau County Police Department or a designated representative of the Village or Town Clerk's office.
(2) 
Not remove any vehicle from the scene of an accident until proper authorization has been signed by the owner of the disabled vehicle or person in charge thereof or ordered by a police officer.
(3) 
Not remove any vehicle involved in an accident in which a person has been injured until released by a duly authorized member of the police department having jurisdiction at the scene of said accident.
C. 
Obedience to civil statutes mandatory. Every tow car driver shall obey all traffic laws, local laws, rules and regulations while operating a tow car and, upon conviction for any violation of such laws, rules or regulations, shall report the same within three days to the Town Clerk, advising the Town Clerk of the nature of the offense charged and the name and location of the court. The reporting requirement set forth herein shall not apply to parking violations.

§ 210-10 General requirements.

A. 
Soliciting prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person to drive along any street or bridge in the Village and actively solicit towing work. Solicitation of towing work by the operator or other occupant of a tow car while parking or standing on any street or bridge is also prohibited. A tow car operator shall not stop, stand or park at the scene of an accident involving one or more vehicles without having been requested or notified to do so by the owner of the disabled vehicle or such owner's authorized representative or the police. Responding to a call merely upon notification from gas station attendants, taxicab drivers or other unauthorized persons shall be considered a violation of this provision.
B. 
Presentation of tow car list at accident scene. A police officer present at the scene of an accident shall present a list of authorized tow car operators to the owner or driver of any disabled motor vehicle, provided that such person is physically able and capable of making such choice of services, and said owner or driver shall have the right to require the services of any available licensed tow car. It shall be unlawful for any owner or driver of any licensed tow car to refuse to render such services if such owner or driver of such disabled motor vehicle is able and willing to pay the fee prescribed as set forth herein; provided, however, that it is physically possible for such tow car to tow such disabled motor vehicle and that such tow car is not already going to or returning from a job.
C. 
Answers to communications required. Licensed tow car owners and drivers, when required, will answer all communications received from the Village Clerk and/or Town Clerk.
D. 
License to be surrendered on demand of the Village Clerk and/or Town Clerk. It shall be unlawful for any owner or driver to refuse to surrender a license or licenses to the Village Clerk and/or Town Clerk upon demand after such license or licenses have been suspended, revoked or expired.
E. 
Overcharges prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person to demand or receive any payment in excess of the maximum charges permitted by this law.
F. 
Agreement for repairs and estimates.
(1) 
It shall be unlawful for any tow car owner or driver or any other person to make repairs or to charge a fee, directly or indirectly, for making an estimate for repairs on any motor vehicle involved in an accident or otherwise disabled without entering into a signed agreement with the owner or other person in charge of said disabled motor vehicle fixing the cost on a form heretofore prescribed.
(2) 
It shall be unlawful for any tow car owner or driver or any other person to enter into an agreement for the repair or for the estimate for repairs where the owner or person in charge of the motor vehicle involved in an accident is to be hospitalized because of such accident until the expiration of at least 24 hours from the time of such accident, unless the injured person has, before the expiration of said time, been discharged from the hospital.
G. 
Record book of accident calls. At the place of business set forth on his or her license, every unrestricted tow car owner shall maintain for one year a bound record book of all calls for towing service at the scene of an accident, to be available for inspection by the police or office of the Village Clerk or Town Clerk. Entries in this book shall be legible, made in ink and written in English at the time the call is received and shall specify:
(1) 
The name of the person making a call.
(2) 
The time of the call.
(3) 
The time of arrival at the scene of the accident.
(4) 
Disposition.
H. 
Disposition of licensed tow car. Every owner, upon the sale or other disposition of a licensed tow car, shall within 24 hours notify the Town Clerk of such sale or other disposition and surrender the license or licenses and medallion.
I. 
Administration by Town Clerk. The Town Clerk shall have the power to prescribe reasonable rules and regulations for the proper and efficient administration and enforcement of this chapter.[1]
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Editor's Note: Former § 120-11, Penalties for offenses, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 3-10-1997 by L.L. No. 3-1997. See now § 1-1.