[HISTORY: Derived from Ch. III, Sec. 3-17, of the Revised General Ordinances of the Borough of Fort Lee, 1978, adopted 3-1-1979, Amendments noted where applicable.]
As provided by N.J.S.A. 39:4-139.2 et seq., the Borough of Fort Lee, by adoption of this chapter, authorizes the impoundment or immobilization and possible sale of a vehicle found within the jurisdiction of the municipality if there are any outstanding warrants against the vehicle or its owner for parking violations.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- PARKING VIOLATIONS
- A violation of a state statute, an ordinance or resolution adopted by a county, municipality or authority or a regulation issued by a state authority which regulates the parking of vehicles.
- VEHICLE IMMOBILIZATION
- To place a mechanical device around one or more of the wheels of a vehicle which prevents the vehicle from being driven away.
- VEHICLE IMPOUNDMENT
- To remove a vehicle from the public streets or private property (with the permission of the owner of the private property) and place said vehicle in a storage yard.
Where an individual has failed to appear in the Fort Lee Municipal Court in response to a parking summons; and has failed to respond to a failure-to-appear notice from the Municipal Court; and has not satisfied the parking summons penalty and court fines; and an arrest warrant has been issued from the Municipal Court against the vehicle owner for the failure to appear and/or satisfy the penalties and/or court fines, then the vehicle may be impounded or immobilized upon the authority of a police officer, special police officer, or Parking Authority enforcement officer.
In addition to any parking summons penalty and fines or court costs assessed by the Municipal Court, the vehicle owner shall pay to the Parking Authority through the Municipal Violations Bureau or Court the following fines prior to release from immobilization or impoundment:
Vehicle immobilization: $75 for the installation and removal of an immobilization device.
Vehicle towing: $75 for the towing of a vehicle to an impoundment storage yard.
Vehicle storage: $2 per day (in addition to the storage yard's customary daily charge).
Vehicle sale: $150 for the costs associated with the sale of a vehicle.
If the outstanding warrants are not paid by 12:00 midnight of the 30th day following the day of which the vehicle was impounded or immobilized, the vehicle may be sold at a public auction as provided by N.J.S.A. 39:4-139.13a, b, c and d.