[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Collingswood 8-16-1971 by Ord. No. 662 as Ch. 70 of the 1971 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 11-3-2003 by Ord. No. 1326]
Except as may be provided in Ordinance No. 1325 (An Ordinance Governing Motor Vehicle Towing and Storage Services), it shall be unlawful for any person to park, store, leave or permit the parking, storing or leaving of any licensed or unlicensed motor vehicle which is in a rusted, wrecked, junked or partially dismantled or inoperative or abandoned condition, whether attended or not, upon any public or private property within the Borough of Collingswood, unless the same is enclosed within a building in which Chapter 141, Development Regulations, permits the storage of motor vehicles.
It shall be unlawful for any person to park or leave standing any motor vehicle or parts of motor vehicles so in need of repair as to render the same incapable of being readily operated under its own power on the land of another without permission of the owner, possessor or occupant of such land.
Any motor vehicle parked, stored, left or permitted to be parked, stored or left in violation of the provisions of § 285-1 hereof shall constitute rubbish and unsightly debris and a nuisance detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the Borough of Collingswood; and it shall be the duty of the registered or other owner of such vehicle and it shall also be the duty of the owner of the private property or of the lessee or other person in possession of the private property upon which such vehicle is located either to remove the same from the Borough of Collingswood or to have the same housed in a building where it will not be visible from the street or other private property.
It shall be the duty of the Chief of Police of the Borough of Collingswood to give written notice to the registered or other owner of any motor vehicle which is in violation of this chapter or, in the alternative, to give such notice to the owner or lessee of the private property upon which such motor vehicle is situated to the effect that the parking, storing or leaving or permitting of the parking, storing or leaving of such vehicle is in violation of this chapter and also demanding that said vehicle be removed from the Borough of Collingswood within 72 hours or that within 72 hours the same be housed in a building where it will not be visible from the street or adjoining private property. Said notice shall be given by personal service or by registered or certified mail.
If notice is given as is provided in § 285-4 hereof and the person upon whom said notice and demand is made shall fail to meet the requirements of said notice, then said person shall be in violation of this chapter.
Notwithstanding the provisions of § 285-5 hereof and regardless of whether or not the person or persons mentioned therein have been charged with a violation of this chapter, the Chief of Police, after giving notice required by § 285-4 hereof and if the requirements of such notice have not been complied with upon the expiration of said seventy-two-hour period, may cause the vehicle or vehicles to be removed to such suitable place for storage as may be designated by the Chief of Police. Within 48 hours after the removal and storage of such vehicle or vehicles, the Chief of Police shall give notice in the manner prescribed in § 285-4 hereof to the registered owner or other owner of such vehicle, if known, or also the owner, lessee or person in possession of the land from which the vehicle was removed and, by said notice, shall advise that the vehicle has been impounded and stored for violation of this chapter. The notice shall include the location of the place where the vehicle is stored, shall state the costs incurred by the borough for the removal or towing and the storage charges per day accrued or accruing and shall advise that if such charges are not paid in full to the Borough Clerk within a period of 10 days immediately following the giving of such notice, said vehicle shall be deemed to have been abandoned and thereafter will be discarded as junk or may, in the discretion of the Chief of Police, be sold as an abandoned vehicle in accordance with the Revised Statutes of the State of New Jersey.
After any vehicle is impounded and stored as aforesaid, the same shall not be released by the appointed keeper thereof until all charges connected with the removal, towing and storage of such vehicle have been fully paid as evidenced by the Borough Clerk's paid receipt.
It shall be unlawful to disassemble, construct, reconstruct, repair and/or service motor vehicles of any kind in or upon any street, road, alley or other public thoroughfare in the Borough of Collingswood, except for emergency service; provided, however, that said emergency service shall not extend over a period of two hours and that the same does not interfere with or impede the flow of traffic.
[Amended 8-15-1994 by Ord. No. 1058]
Any person who shall be in violation of this chapter and be convicted thereof shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000, imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 90 days or a period of community service for not more than 90 days, or any combination thereof.