City of Trenton, NJ
Mercer County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Trenton 9-7-1967 as § 3-7 of the Revised General Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Traffic — See Ch. 14.
Junkyards — See Ch. 137, Art. II.
Towing — See Ch. 283.
Unattended vehicles — See Ch.305.

§ 292-1 Definitions.

The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and enforcement of this chapter:
PERSON
Any person, firm, partnership, corporation, company, association or organization of any kind.
PROPERTY
Any real property within the City 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 for purposes of vehicular travel.
VEHICLE
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 limitations, automobile, truck, trailer, motorcycle, tractor, buggy and wagon. It shall not include a trailer parked or stored in accordance with the provisions of § 315-198.

§ 292-2 Abandonment of vehicles prohibited.

No person shall abandon any vehicle within the City, and no person shall leave any vehicle at any place within the City for such time and under such circumstances as to cause such vehicle reasonably to appear to have been abandoned.

§ 292-3 Vehicles in streets.

No person shall have, or cause to be left, any nonoperating, discarded, dismantled, wrecked, junked or unlicensed vehicle on any street or highway within the City.

§ 292-4 Vehicles on private property.

No person in charge or control of any property within the City, whether as owner, tenant, lessee, occupant or otherwise, shall place, deposit, store, leave or keep any discarded, wrecked, junked, dismantled or partially dismantled vehicle, which is also unlicensed or nonoperating, on such property or suffer, permit or allow any such vehicle to be placed, deposited, stored, left or kept on such property for a longer period of time than 15 days, except that the provisions hereof shall not apply with regard to such a vehicle:
A. 
In an enclosed building, garage, barn or shed.
B. 
On the premises of a business enterprise operated in a lawful place and manner, when necessary to the operation of such business enterprise.
C. 
In an appropriate storage place or depository maintained in a lawful place and manner by the City.
D. 
In a duly licensed junkyard.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 137, Junkyards and Scrap Metal Sales.

§ 292-5 Impounding.

The Police Director, or any member of the Police Department, is hereby authorized to remove, or to cause to be removed, in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:10A-1 et seq., any vehicle left at any place within the City which reasonably appears to be in violation of this chapter, or which reasonably appears to have been lost, stolen or unclaimed, with respect to vehicles on private property. The Police Director shall serve, or cause to be served, a notice in writing, either personally or by certified mail, upon the owner, tenant, lessee or occupant of the property, requiring such owner, tenant, lessee or occupant, as the case may be, to remove such vehicle within a certain period in time, not less than 48 hours after the date of service, to be specified in the notice. In the event that such vehicle is not removed within the time specified, the Police Director may impound the vehicle or cause the same to be impounded and for that purpose may enter upon private property upon which such vehicle may be located. Any vehicle impounded pursuant to any of the provisions of this chapter shall be held until lawfully claimed or disposed of, in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:10A-1 et seq.

§ 292-6 Expense of removal and impounding.

The owner of any private property from which a vehicle is removed and impounded pursuant to the preceding section hereof shall be liable for the cost and expense, including reasonable overhead charges, paid or incurred by the City in effecting such removal and impounding, and shall be paid by the person or persons liable therefor upon demand. In the event such payment is not made, the amount due shall become a lien upon the lot or tract of real estate from which such vehicle was removed and shall be added to and form a part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon such lands, to be collected and enforced in the same manner as taxes upon real estate, or the same may be collected in a civil action or in such manner as may be provided by law.

§ 292-7 Parking in front yard prohibited; exception.

No person shall park or allow to be parked any automobile or truck upon any front yard of any premises on other than a driveway or similar paved surface except temporarily, when necessary to meet a snow emergency or similar emergent circumstances. Each owner of the premises and the registered owner of any vehicle so parked shall be subject to the penalties prescribed in § 292-8. A separate violation shall be deemed to have occurred for each twenty-four-hour period during which the automobile or truck remains parked in violation of this chapter following the issuance of the initial summons and complaint.

§ 292-8 Violations and penalties.

Violations of the provisions of this chapter shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, Article III, General Penalty.