Borough of Fort Lee, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Derived from Ch. IV, Sec. 4-11, of the Revised General Ordinances of the Borough of Fort Lee, 1978, adopted 3-1-1979. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Parking — See Ch. 289.
Service stations — See Ch. 333.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 388.
Impoundment of vehicles — See Ch. 392.
Unlicensed and abandoned vehicles — See Ch. 398.
Zoning — See Ch. 410.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
APPLICANT
An individual or a legally formed business entity who seeks to obtain a license from the Borough to furnish wrecker services with the Borough pursuant to this chapter.
[Added 6-9-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-23]
COMMERCIAL PRIVATE PROPERTY
Office, industrial, or retail property with semipublic roads that do not contain living areas and are used for commercial business purposes only.
[Added 6-14-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-17]
CONSENSUAL TOWING
The towing of a motor vehicle when the owner or operator of the motor vehicle has consented to having the towing company tow the motor vehicle.
[Added 6-14-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-17]
LOCKING WHEEL BOOT
A mechanical or electrical clamp, boot or fitting which is employed, manufactured or designed to lock the wheel of a motor vehicle, thus making the vehicle immobile.
[Added 5-8-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-22]
NEW LICENSE
A license issued to a licensee who did not hold a wrecking and towing license in the borough during 1976.
NONCONSENSUAL TOWING
The towing of a motor vehicle without the consent of the owner or operator of the vehicle.
[Added 6-14-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-17]
PARKING VIOLATION STICKER
A warning label with adhesive, tape or glue, which is manufactured, designed or employed so that it may be affixed to the front or rear windshield of any vehicles violating parking rules or regulations.
[Added 5-8-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-22]
PERSON
Any natural person, partnership, corporation or association.
PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNER
The owner or lessee of private property, or an agent of such owner or lessee, but shall not include a private property towing company acting as an agent of such owner or lessee.
[Added 6-14-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-17]
PRIVATE PROPERTY TOWING
The nonconsensual towing from private property or from a storage facility by a motor vehicle of a consumer's motor vehicle that is parked illegally, parking during a time at which such parking is not permitted, or otherwise parked without authorization, or the immobilization of or preparation for moving or removing of such motor vehicle, for which a service charge is made, either directly or indirectly. This term shall not include the towing of a motor vehicle that has been abandoned on private property in violation of N.J.S.A. 39:4-56.5, provided that the abandoned vehicle is reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency prior to removal and the vehicle is removed in accordance with N.J.S.A. 39:4-56.6.
[Added 6-14-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-17]
RESIDENTIAL PRIVATE PROPERTIES
Properties that are structures used solely for living spaces and have an expectation to privacy.
[Added 6-14-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-17]
TOWING COMPANY
Person offering or performing towing services.
[Added 6-14-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-17]
VEHICLE IMMOBILIZATION
Use of a locking wheel boot that, when attached to the wheel of a vehicle, prevents free, self-propelled movement of the vehicle by the vehicle operator.
[Added 5-8-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-22]
WRECKER
A motor vehicle employed for the purpose of towing, transporting, conveying or removing any other motor vehicle which is unable to be operated under its own power, for which service a charge or fee is exacted.
[Amended 5-8-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-22; 6-11-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-23; 6-14-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-17; 9-13-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-26]
A. 
No person shall be authorized to operate any wrecker or conduct any wrecker service within the Borough of Fort Lee, whether on the police call list or not, without first obtaining a license in accordance with this chapter.
B. 
No new license shall be issued except upon the approval of the Mayor and Council.
C. 
The Borough shall license up to six towing companies annually to be included on the police call list.
D. 
No employee or agent of a person conducting any wrecker service within the Borough, or such person, shall operate any wrecker within the Borough of Fort Lee without first having been registered as provided herein.
E. 
Whenever a property owner or agent shall arrange to have a vehicle towed from a location within the Borough of Fort Lee, said property owner or agent shall only utilize the services of a towing company licensed by the Borough of Fort Lee. An annual list of all licensed towing companies shall be supplied by the Borough of Fort Lee Police Department upon request. The private property owner, designee and/or management company must submit a request to the Chief of the Borough of Fort Lee Police Department or his designee outlining his/her request for permission to use a licensed tow company within the Borough of Fort Lee. This request must be approved by the Chief of the Borough of Fort Lee Police Department prior to any tow service being authorized. The private property owner will also submit a copy of the request to the tow company to conduct private tows. The tow company will also submit copies of any agreements or contracts to tow for the private property owner to the Chief of the Borough of Fort Lee Police Department or his designee. To minimize the possibility of any confusion arising from private property towing, the commercial private property owner is responsible for the posting and maintaining of signage which is clear in its warning to the public using the commercial private property. The signs need to be posted at all entry and exit points and throughout the property to help ensure compliance. The signs must be a minimum of 18 inches by 18 inches and clearly warn drivers of the consequences of improperly using the property. Contact information, to include the name, address and contact phone number of the property manager, will also be included on the signs to assist the public in addressing concerns and complaints. The towing company that has been chosen by the private property owner to conduct towing within the property will also be listed, along with a contact number for the towing company and the proper towing rate. If the licensee elects to use an on-site parking/property manager, he or she must be visible to the general public and available to answer any concerns from the public. He or she will be required to wear visible clothing in the form of a safety vest that identifies him or her as a property manager should the need to be identified by either police personnel or the general public. The lettering on the vest will be no less than two inches in height and clearly visible from both the front and back of the vest.
F. 
A wrecking and towing license shall in no way authorize an employee or agent of a person conducting a wrecker service within the Borough to operate or provide a vehicle immobilization service.
G. 
A wrecking and towing license shall in no way authorize an employee or agent of a person conducting a wrecker service within the Borough to operate or provide any service that utilizes parking violation stickers.
H. 
The licensing and regulation requirements for commercial private property owners shall not apply to residential private property owners. Residential private properties are defined as properties that are structures used solely for living spaces and have an expectation to privacy, as opposed to commercial properties with semipublic roads that do not contain living areas and are used for commercial business purposes only. Residential private property owners are required to contact the Police Department should the situation arise that a vehicle is parked or stationed within their property, to include driveways and/or walkways.
The application for a license as required by the preceding section shall be made to the Borough Clerk on the prescribed form and shall accurately specify the following information, the truth of which shall be sworn to by the applicant:
A. 
The year, make, type and registration number of the wrecker. The wrecker must be registered or leased for one year to the applicant, and the registration card or lease must be exhibited to the borough;
B. 
The name and address of the applicant, and if a corporation, the name and address of each officer and director thereof, and if a partnership, the name and address of each partner thereof;
C. 
The name and address of the owner of the wrecker, if other than the applicant;
D. 
The location or locations of the premises at which the wrecker is domiciled or garaged;
E. 
The location or locations of the premises to which vehicles are towed, a map or diagram accurately drawn depicting the proposed layout and size of the vehicle storage spaces, and fire lanes and the maximum number of vehicles to be stored at such premises;
F. 
Information as to whether the applicant has satisfactory and personal references indicating the ability to comply with the terms of this chapter;
G. 
A complete list of all criminal convictions, except minor traffic violations, of the applicant or owner, partner, officers or local office manager of applicant;
H. 
Whether the wrecker is to be used solely as an accessory use to a gasoline service station.
[Amended 6-14-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-17]
I. 
Whether the towing company wishes to be included on the police tow list or police road service list.
[Added 6-14-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-17]
J. 
The applicant's primary place of business, as registered with the State of New Jersey, must be located in the State of New Jersey within one mile of the Borough.
[Added 6-9-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-23]
K. 
The applicant must include with its application a copy of its New Jersey Business Registration Certificate.
[Added 6-9-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-23]
L. 
The applicant must include with its application a copy of the certificate of occupancy issued by the municipality for its primary place of business.
[Added 6-9-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-23]
M. 
The applicant's primary storage facility for towed vehicles must be located within one mile of the Borough.
[Added 6-9-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-23]
N. 
Evidence that the applicant has at least three years' experience in providing properly insured towing services.
[Added 6-9-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-23]
O. 
Applicants must demonstrate the ability to tow at least two vehicles at the same time for light-duty towing calls.
[Added 6-9-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-23]
[Amended 6-9-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-23]
A. 
Applicants for a license under this chapter shall own, at a minimum, the following equipment:
(1) 
One light-duty flatbed (rollbacks) with wheel lift.
(2) 
One light-duty wrecker with wheel lift.
(3) 
One heavy-duty wrecker with wheel lift (minimum capacity of 25,000 pounds). Heavy-duty wreckers must be a minimum gross vehicle weight of 35,000 pounds with air brakes and must be fully hydraulic.
(4) 
One Landoll-type trailer.
(5) 
One tractor.
(6) 
Computerized filing system to track towed vehicles.
B. 
Each application for a license shall be accompanied by certificates of automobile and garage keeper's liability insurance, issued by an insurance company authorized to do business in the State of New Jersey, with policy limits of not less than the following:
(1) 
$1,000,000 of general liability.
(2) 
$1,000,000 of automobile liability.
(3) 
$3,000,000 of umbrella coverage.
C. 
All insurance policies of towing companies on the Borough's rotating call list shall name the Borough of Fort Lee as an additional insured and shall indemnify and hold harmless the Borough from any claims for injury or property damage arising out of, or in any way related to, the operation of a tow truck or wrecker or storage yard, pursuant to this chapter.
A. 
Upon receipt of a completed application as required by § 406-3 and certificates of insurance as required by § 406-4, the Borough Clerk shall forthwith submit copies of the application to the Building Department, the Fire Prevention Bureau and the Police Department for investigation and reports. The Building Department and the Fire Prevention Bureau shall report to the Borough Clerk as to whether the proposed domicile of the wrecker complies with local zoning, building and fire prevention ordinances. The Police Department shall investigate the applicant and report as to whether the applicant and his equipment are qualified to conduct a safe, honest and efficient wrecker service. All such reports shall be made in writing to the Borough Clerk within 20 days after requested.
B. 
Each applicant for a new license must meet and provide, and continue to provide during the licensing year, the following storage requirements for vehicles:
[Amended 6-9-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-23]
(1) 
All licensees, except those licensees that are solely accessory uses to gasoline and service stations, whether or not on the police tow list or police road service list, must provide secure storage space for 50 vehicles, which storage area shall be fenced if deemed necessary by the municipal Construction Code Official.
(2) 
Vehicle storage spaces and lots shall conform to all requirements of the applicable municipal building and fire codes, and shall conform to the ordinances of the respective municipal jurisdiction where the storage space is located.
(3) 
If the storage area is not situated within the boundaries of the Borough, a current and valid certificate of occupancy or other proof of the legal use of the premises to store vehicles must be presented with the application.
(4) 
If the storage area is not owned by the applicant, a copy of a written lease agreement for the storage area must accompany the application.
(5) 
Only one license shall be granted to an applicant. No applicant who obtains a license shall have any interest, direct or indirect, in any other license. In the event that it is determined that a licensee does have an interest (according to the same standards utilized for the issuance of alcoholic beverage license) in another towing license, that licensee shall immediately forfeit both licenses.
(6) 
No license shall be granted to any applicant who does not fulfill each and every requirement of this section, and all other requirements of this chapter. All licenses issued under this chapter shall expire on the last day of December of the year of issue. New licenses shall be issued effective January 1 of each year only. Attendance at an annual meeting each November to formulate the lists shall be mandatory.
(7) 
Each applicant for a license to be included on the police call list must demonstrate the ability to tow a least two light-duty vehicles at the same time.
C. 
In the event that any agency of the borough, in conducting the quarterly inspection referred to above, finds a violation, the licensee shall receive a ten-day notice to cure said violation. If the violation is not abated and cured within 10 days (or any extension thereof granted by the investigating agency), the Construction Official shall have the right to suspend the licensee from all borough towing services for the balance of that quarter. Said suspension shall be in writing and forwarded to the licensee by certified mail, return receipt requested, with a copy to the Borough Clerk.
(1) 
In the event that the licensee fails to correct the violation prior to the next quarterly inspection, the licensee shall continue to be suspended from all borough towing services for that particular quarterly period.
(2) 
Nothing contained herein with regard to suspensions from borough towing services shall preclude any duly authorized agent of the borough from issuing summonses for violations and/or continuing violations which are not abated, and which would otherwise subject the property owner and/or licensee to fines and penalties set forth in other chapters of the Fort Lee Ordinances.
[Amended 6-14-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-17]
Each employee or agent of licensees under this chapter who operates a wrecker within the Borough shall be registered with the Borough of Fort Lee Police Department, and such registration shall be the joint obligation of the employee or agent and employer. The registration shall include at least the name and address of the employee or agent; the name of the employer; criminal convictions, if any, of the employee or agent; the length and type of the employee’s or agent’s experience in the wrecker business and with the employer; and such other information as may be prescribed by the Chief of Police. All registration forms shall be reviewed by the Chief of Police, or his designated representative, who shall determine, within 10 days of its submission, whether a registration should be issued. A registration shall be denied only for just cause, in which event the employee or agent and employer shall be notified forthwith. Within 10 days of such notification, the employee or agent or employer may appeal the decision to the Mayor and Council, which shall hear and decide the appeal within 45 days after the date it was filed with the Borough Clerk.
Upon receipt of all reports as set forth in § 406-5, the Borough Clerk shall forthwith transmit same to the Mayor and Council, which shall grant or deny the issuance of a license within 30 days after receipt of all reports. No application shall be denied unless the Mayor and Council determine that the applicant has not demonstrated the ability to comply with the terms of this chapter, for any reason specified in § 406-12 hereof, or for other just cause. In the event of any denial, the applicant shall forthwith be notified thereof in writing, which shall specify the reason for the denial. After receipt of such notification, the applicant shall have 10 days in which to make written request to the Borough Clerk for a hearing before the Mayor and Council.
[Amended 6-14-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-17; 6-9-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-23]
A. 
The fee for a license for a wrecker listed on the Borough's call list under § 406-20 shall be $750 per year.
B. 
The fee for each such license for a wrecker who is not listed on the call list under § 406-20 shall be $100 per year for the first wrecker, and $50 per year for each additional wrecker owned by the same licensee and domiciled at the same address.
C. 
Each such license granted shall be issued in duplicate. One copy of the license shall be kept at all times at the location at which the wrecker is domiciled. Each license shall be valid from the date of its issuance through December 31 of the year of its issuance.
D. 
Each operator or agent of the licensees registered under this chapter shall pay an annual permit fee of $25.
Any license issued hereunder may be renewed for additional periods of one year upon:
A. 
Submission to the Borough Clerk of a renewal application containing the same information as required by § 406-3 hereof;
B. 
Presentation of renewed insurance certificates as required by § 406-4; and
C. 
Payment to the Tax Collector-Treasurer of a renewal fee in the amount of $750 or $100, whichever is applicable in accordance with § 406-8. The Mayor and Council have the right to deny, within 30 days after the submission of all items required by this chapter, the renewal of any license if they find that the applicant no longer demonstrates the ability to comply with the terms of this chapter, for any reason specified in § 406-12 hereof, or for other just cause. In the event any renewal of a license is denied, the applicant shall forthwith be notified in writing, which shall specify the reason for the denial. After receipt of such notification, the applicant shall have 10 days in which to make written request to the Borough Clerk for a hearing before the Mayor and Council.
[Amended 6-9-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-23]
A. 
After the issuance of a license pursuant to the provisions hereof, each licensee shall be subject to quarterly inspections by the Fire Prevention Bureau and/or the Building Department of the Borough of Fort Lee to determine whether the licensee is in compliance with all requirements of the licensing ordinance. The Borough agencies shall report to the Borough Clerk and the Chief of Police of the Borough of Fort Lee or his designee as to whether the towing services are continuing to comply with local zoning, building, property maintenance and fire prevention ordinances, in addition to certifying that all of the affirmative obligations set forth in this chapter are then being met by the licensee.
[Amended 6-11-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-23]
B. 
In the event that one of the borough agencies conducting such inspections finds the towing service to be in violation of any provision of the chapter, the Borough Clerk shall immediately notify the licensee, in writing, of the specific violation, and demand that same be corrected within seven days. In the event that the violation is not remedied, the Borough Clerk shall schedule a hearing on the matter, before the Mayor and Council, no later than two weeks after the expiration of the ten-day notice. Because time is deemed to be of the essence, the towing service may not request an adjournment of such hearing. In the event that the Mayor and Council determine that the inspecting agency was correct in its determination that a violation exists, they shall issue an order suspending the license of the towing service until such time as the violation is remedied.
Any license or registration required by this chapter shall not be transferred or assigned without the prior approval of the Mayor and Council, nor shall the domicile of any wrecker licensed hereunder be changed without the prior approval of the Mayor and Council.
In addition to any penalties which may be purposed for the violation of any provision of this chapter, the Mayor and Council may suspend or revoke any license granted hereunder, after written notice and public hearing, for any of the following reasons:
A. 
Fraud or willful and knowing misrepresentation or false statement made in an application for a license.
B. 
Fraud or willful and knowing misrepresentation or false statement made in the conduct of any wrecker service.
C. 
Failure to maintain insurance in the amounts set forth in § 406-4 hereof.
D. 
Violation of any other provision of this chapter.
E. 
Violation of any law or regulation of the State of New Jersey, specifically including, but not limited to, violations of motor vehicle laws and regulations.
F. 
Other just cause.
[Amended 6-11-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-23]
No person or persons, whether licensed or unlicensed, within the Borough of Fort Lee shall operate an unengaged wrecker along a public and/or private roadway in the Borough of Fort Lee in any fashion calculated for the obvious purpose of soliciting business. For violation of any provision of this section, the maximum penalty, upon conviction, shall be a fine not exceeding $2,000 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 90 days, or both. Community service for a period not to exceed 90 days, such service to be in a form provided by the Municipal Judge, shall be a penalty available to the Municipal Judge either in place and stead or in addition to the penalties here and before provided.
No person shall tow or remove, or cause to be towed or removed, any vehicle from a location within the Borough of Fort Lee to a location outside the borough except as provided herein; provided, however, that if a towed vehicle remains unclaimed at the premises of a wrecker for more than 20 days, then and in that event the vehicle may be removed by a wrecker without the owner's consent to a location outside the borough; provided further, however, that at least five days prior to any such removal, the owner is notified by certified mail, return receipt requested, of the intent to remove such vehicle to a location outside of the borough and the address of such location.
[Amended 5-25-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-22; 7-24-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-31]
A. 
Service charges.
(1) 
Road service: $50.
(2) 
Gasoline delivery: $50 (plus current gasoline price; receipt given to customer).
(3) 
Removing damaged tires and replacing same with spare: $50.
(4) 
Removing damaged tires, repairing and remounting same: $50.
B. 
Towing charges: wheel lift or flat bed.
[Amended 6-11-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-23; 6-14-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-17]
Type of Vehicle
Charge
Automobiles
$150
Trucks (one-ton capacity or less)
$150
Trucks (over one-ton but under five-ton capacity)
$200
Straight job truck
$300
Buses, tractor trailers and other heavy equipment over five-ton capacity
$400
Motorcycles or motor scooters
$150
Police and other municipal vehicles
Road service
$25
Inside Fort Lee (tow)
$30
Outside Fort Lee (tow)
$50
C. 
Winching service charges. There will be no additional charge for winching to facilitate the tow. Winching service charges apply to, but are not limited to, vehicles that are positioned in embankments, overturned or positioned in such a precarious manner that normal winching to facilitate the tow is unsuitable.
[Amended 6-11-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-23]
(1) 
Light wreckers: $75 per hour/unit.
(2) 
Heavy wreckers: $125 per hour/unit.
(3) 
Snow-locked vehicles: $20 per tow, additional charge.
D. 
Storage charge (after first three hours, but within 24 hours).
(1) 
Trucks, automobiles, motorcycles and motor scooter (one and a half-ton capacity or less): $35.
(2) 
Trucks (over one-and-one-half-ton but under five-ton capacity): $50 per day or part thereof.
(3) 
Trucks, buses, tractor trailers and other heavy equipment over five-ton capacity: $75 per day or part thereof.
E. 
Any person found to be in violation of the terms and conditions of this chapter two times within any one year shall have his license to operate a wrecker or towing service in the Borough of Fort Lee suspended for six months.
F. 
It shall be the duty of all wreckers and towing services to maintain a listing of the rates shown herein in their vehicles and to have a sign permanently affixed to the vehicle reading "Fort Lee Schedule of Rates in Cab" on the outside of said vehicle.
[Amended 6-11-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-23]
A. 
Every owner and operator of a wrecker shall maintain a written schedule of all rates and charges, in compliance with the limitations of § 406-15 hereof, shall conspicuously display the schedule on the wrecker, and shall make such schedule available to any person requesting same at any time.
[Amended 6-14-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-17]
B. 
Every wrecker shall plainly and conspicuously post, in an area within the premises where customers are likely to be present and at the counter where payment for services is received, a schedule of maximum fees and towing charges permitted by ordinance of the Borough of Fort Lee.
[Amended 6-11-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-23]
C. 
Whenever practicable, the owner or driver of any vehicle utilizing wrecker services shall be given a copy of a full schedule of rates at the time the wrecker services are rendered. In any event, a full schedule of rates shall be annexed to each bill for wrecking services.
D. 
Before any license is issued or renewed as provided in this chapter, a representative of the Police Department shall inspect the wrecker to determine whether the schedule and statement prescribed by Subsection B of this section are conspicuously displayed on the wrecker.
No licensee shall cause or suffer any disabled vehicle to be stored outdoors upon premises owned or leased by the licensee for a period in excess of 20 days.
No licensee under this chapter shall, in the course of providing service, collect parking fees or fees for services other than those rendered by the licensee.
[Amended 6-14-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-17]
A. 
No licensee shall perform private property towing services from commercial private property or residential private properties except at the discretion of the Police Department or at the express written request of the owner or lessee of the property or at the express written request of both owner or authorized operator of the vehicle and the owner or lessee of the property.
B. 
Only Fort Lee licensed companies shall be permitted to tow vehicles under nonconsensual towing conditions. Nothing in this chapter, however, shall preclude any owner or authorized operator of a vehicle from individually contracting with any towing company, providing that Fort Lee based companies shall be licensed pursuant to § 406-2.
[Added 5-8-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-22]
A. 
With the exception of the Fort Lee Police Department and Fort Lee Parking Authority, it shall be unlawful, under any circumstance, for any person to utilize a locking wheel boot and/or a front or rear windshield parking violation sticker upon a vehicle located in the Borough. It shall further be illegal for any person to affix a parking violation sticker to any other surface of a vehicle that is larger than six inches by nine inches.
B. 
In addition to any other penalties which may be imposed for the violation of any provision of this chapter, any person who shall violate the terms and conditions of this section shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine not to exceed the sum of $1,000.
A. 
The Police Department of the Borough shall establish annual call lists for the performance of light-duty and heavy-duty towing and wrecking services. When a towing company fails to call in to the Police Department on an assigned date, or does not respond to a towing call within 20 minutes, such failures to comply with this chapter may subject a licensee to removal from the towing lists by decision of the Mayor and Council of the Borough or their designee after a hearing.
[Amended 6-9-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-23]
B. 
The Chief of Police shall promulgate and recommend rules and regulations for the retention and performance of wreckers and towers, which shall be filed in the office of the Borough Clerk. All licensees shall be required to contribute on a pro rata basis the cost of a pager system to be implemented for the purpose of enabling a shorter response time for requests for towing and wrecker service. In addition to the carrying of the aforesaid pager system, each wrecker used and operated pursuant to this chapter shall contain certain designated equipment: brooms, flares, chains, fire extinguishers, jumper cables, shovel, air tank, lug wrench, and such other equipment as deemed necessary at the sole discretion of the Chief of Police.
C. 
In addition to any other regulations, the towing company shall, upon request, release personal belongings to the vehicle owner or authorized designee.
[Amended 6-11-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-23]
Every licensee shall, upon removal or towing of any vehicle without the express consent of the owner or driver thereof, immediately notify the Police Department of the year, make, model and license number of the vehicle, the location from which the vehicle is removed and the location to which the vehicle is removed. This notification is to be made in conjunction with filling out a private property tow report. This report is to be maintained by the licensee/tow company, along with a clear and detailed copy of the towing bill, for future reference. The Police Department shall record this information and assign a confirmation number, which will be given to the licensee. The licensee will be required to use this confirmation number as proof of compliance with the terms of this chapter in case of any dispute. The absence of a confirmation number will be deemed as proof that the licensee failed to notify the Police Department when it had towed a vehicle without the express consent of the owner or driver. The tow notification to the Fort Lee Police Department is to be made when the vehicle is towed or if it is refused by the owner or driver who has responded to refuse the tow. The $40 service charge for refusing the tow service will be documented on the bill and report.
[Amended 5-25-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-22; 7-24-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-31; 6-11-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-23]
A. 
Tow companies shall not release a vehicle until the owner of the vehicle or his designee presents a receipt for the release. The receipt shall be obtained by the owner or his designee from the Police Department.
B. 
Tow companies shall be required to release vehicles in accordance with the following:
(1) 
No storage charge for any vehicle released within three hours after the police dispatch of the tow.
(2) 
Vehicles shall be released at any time during the first 24 hours after the police dispatch of the tow, but if after three hours, the storage fee shall be $35.
C. 
After the initial 24 hours of storage, vehicles shall be released Mondays through Fridays, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., by the payment of a $35 per day (after first 24 hours) storage fee.
A. 
Once a tow company is in possession of a towed vehicle for seven days, then before the 10th day from the date of towing, the tow company shall submit written notification to the Fort Lee Police Department of this fact. Written notice to the Fort Lee Police Department shall be made on forms prescribed by the Fort Lee Police Department. There shall be an administrative fee of $10 paid by the tow company with each aforesaid written notice.
B. 
The Police Department shall then notify the owner of said vehicle of the name of the tow company which is holding the vehicle. Said notification shall also advise the owner of the provisions of Subsection C of this section.
C. 
If, after 30 days from the date of towing, the vehicle remains unclaimed, then it shall be deemed abandoned and the borough shall be entitled to take such action as is permitted under N.J.S.A. 39:10A (Abandoned Vehicle Law).
D. 
In the event any such vehicle is sold pursuant to N.J.S.A. 39:10A, the storage and other charges permitted to be charged by tow companies pursuant to this chapter shall be in accordance with P.L. 1987, c. 127, and any amendments thereto.
[Amended 6-11-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-23]
Any tow company removing a vehicle from the scene of an accident in the Borough of Fort Lee shall be responsible for collecting and disposing of all loose glass, liquid, metal and other vehicle debris on the roadway in and about the scene of the accident. The tow company shall further be responsible for sweeping the roadway before towing away the vehicle from the scene. A fee of $20 per vehicle will be collected by the tow company if there is a minor liquid spill from a motor vehicle and absorbent material in the amount of one bag of absorbent or less is used to clear the scene. The absorbent material will be provided by the tow company and cleared away by the tow company. Proper notifications to emergency personnel should be made in the event that the liquid spill requires a hazardous material response.
The borough shall charge the tow company the sum of $50 whenever the borough is required to sell a vehicle. The fee offsets the borough's cost for advertising, notifications and titles.
[Amended 6-11-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-23]
There is hereby established a $40 service charge to be paid by either the owner or driver of any vehicle who refuses to have his vehicle towed by a tow truck called by the police, or by the owner or the lessee of the property on which the vehicle is located. This service charge will be applicable only if the towing service arrives at the location of the vehicle and begins to chain the vehicle. If the tow service arrives and does not attach any chains or tools used for towing, the service charge does not apply.
[Amended 6-14-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-17]
All towing companies shall comply with the provisions of § 410-36G(2), adopted February 9, 1989, which provides as follows:
A. 
Fencing and setbacks. All outdoor storage facilities shall be enclosed by a fence or wall adequate to conceal such facilities and the contents thereof from any adjacent property or public street in conformance with § 410-32.
B. 
With respect to fencing for all autobody shops, auto storage facilities and towing storage facilities, said fencing shall be six feet in height with at least 50% of the fence enclosed and said fencing shall encompass the entire perimeter of the property. Said fence shall be constructed with material commonly known as a metal cyclone fence or of material of similar strength.
C. 
There shall be no break, gate or other means of access through the fencing required under this chapter with the exception of direct access to the public thoroughfare.