Borough of Morrisville, PA
Bucks County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Morrisville 2-20-1996 by Ord. No. 879. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES

Self-service gasoline pumps — See Ch. 202.

Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 435.

§ 412-1
Purpose. 

§ 412-2
Qualifications. 

§ 412-3
Regulations and procedures. 

§ 412-4
Approved towing services. 

§ 412-5
Compliance. 

§ 412-6
Towing and clean up fees. 

§ 412-7
Storage fees. 

§ 412-1 Purpose.

Under the authority granted the Borough pursuant to 53 P.S. § 46202(51), this chapter is enacted to standardize qualifications, requirements, regulations, procedures and provide for maximum fees for approved towing service operators in the Borough of Morrisville.

§ 412-2 Qualifications.

A. 

The principal business office of a towing service must be located in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, within a two-mile radius of the Morrisville Borough Municipal Building.

B. 

Twenty-four-hour service must be provided and maintained.

C. 

The service must provide ample storage space for vehicles towed. All vehicles towed can only be stored on the property of the approved towing service. Vehicles must not be placed on the streets of Morrisville Borough.

D. 

The service must provide a fenced in area where vehicles impounded by the Police Department may be secured.

E. 

The service must have at least three tow trucks with winches able to handle commercial and pleasure vehicles. The requirements are:

(1) 

One tow truck and winch with a minimum of twenty-ton lifting and towing capacity.

(2) 

Two tow trucks and winches with a minimum of seven-ton lifting and towing capacity.

F. 

The service must respond to the scene of an accident within 15 minutes of receiving a call for service. Failure to respond within 15 minutes will result in the next towing service on the list being called to perform the service. No fee or charges will be assessed to any party by a tow service operator whose services are not utilized due to the failure of the towing service to respond within the aforementioned time limitations.

G. 

The service shall charge no more than the maximum towing and storage fees set by the Borough of Morrisville.

H. 

The service must provide proof of liability insurance in an amount of at least $500,000 per occurrence. A certificate of insurance must be submitted to the Borough Manager and same must be kept current. Insurance coverage may not be canceled or permitted to lapse. The towing service provider must provide immediate notice to the Borough if there is any change in carrier or policy limits along with proof of insurance.

I. 

The towing service shall be responsible for the vehicle contents and the condition for all vehicles stored on private property by the towing service. The towing service shall hold the Borough harmless, defend and indemnify the Borough for any and all claims, demands or causes of action arising out of any personal injury or any property damage that occurs as a result of vehicles being towed or stored on private property by the towing service.

§ 412-3 Regulations and procedures.

A. 

A schedule of designated towing services will be prepared by the Chief of Police and a copy of the schedule will be distributed to towing services and police dispatchers.

B. 

Towing vehicles must have approved equipment with which to tow vehicles from the area as quickly and safely as possible.

C. 

The towing services shall respond to all calls received as quickly and safely as possible.

D. 

The towing services shall be responsible for the protection of vehicles when being towed from further damage and shall be responsible for the safe storage of any vehicle towed.

E. 

It shall be the responsibility of the towing services to remove all glass and debris from the tow-away area (where motor vehicle collision is involved) for which the towing service may charge additional fees over and above the maximum established under § 412-6.

[Amended 12-15-2008 by Ord. No. 974]

F. 

An accurate record shall be kept by the towing service that shall contain the following information:

(1) 

Date of service (day/month/year/time-am/pm).

(2) 

Make of vehicle.

(3) 

Full vehicle identification number (VIN).

(4) 

Registration number (plate).

(5) 

Location of area from which towed.

(6) 

Name of operator of towing vehicle.

(7) 

Location to which towed vehicle is removed.

G. 

These rules, regulations and procedures may be changed from time to time as may be deemed necessary by the Borough Council.

H. 

Any towing service which violates this chapter and/or schedule of fees for towing or storage shall be subject to removal of its name from the list of designated towing services.

§ 412-4 Approved towing services.

The Borough Council may authorize the Chief of Police to approve and establish a list of designated towing service providers for the Borough of Morrisville.

§ 412-5 Compliance.

A. 

The designated towing service providers will be required to sign an agreement in which they consent to this chapter and the schedule of towing and storage fees.

B. 

All previous rules, regulations, towing fees and storage fees are null and void upon the effective date of this chapter.

§ 412-6 Towing and clean up fees.

[Amended 12-15-2008 by Ord. No. 974]

A maximum towing fee is established at $85/per vehicle with two or more wheels on the highway; tow with use of a flatbed/dolly is $15 additional. The fee for large trucks, tractors, trailers or other oversized vehicles is that approved by the insurance company of the vehicle owner, but, if none, then as agreed between the service provider and the vehicle owner. Further, as referenced in § 412-3E, the towing service may charge $45 in additional fees over and above the maximum established in this section for cleanup of the tow-away area. This fee schedule may be amended from time to time at the discretion of the Council of the Borough of Morrisville, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by resolution.

§ 412-7 Storage fees.

[Amended 12-15-2008 by Ord. No. 974]

Storage fees shall commence 24 hours after the tow and shall continue to accrue for each twenty-four-hour period thereafter at a rate of $45/per twenty-four-hour period. This section of the chapter for storage fees may be amended from time to time at the discretion of the Council of the Borough of Morrisville, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by resolution.