[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Borough Council of the Borough of Gibbsboro 5-18-1982 by Ord. No. 82-2 as Ch. 175 of the 1982 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Leaving on any street or property any vehicle which is not currently
registered or licensed as required by law or which is not capable of being
used or operated upon any public street or highway, whether by reason of improper
or inadequate equipment or otherwise.[Added 5-18-1982 by Ord. No. 82-2]
- Any real property within the Borough which is not a street or highway.
- STREET or HIGHWAY
- The entire width between the boundary lines of every way maintained, when any part thereof is open to the use of the public, for purposes of vehicular travel.
- A machine propelled by power, other than human power, designed to travel along the ground by use of wheels, treads, runners or slides and to transport persons or property or pull machinery, including, but not by way of limitation, an automobile, truck, trailer, motorcycle, tractor, buggy and wagon.
No person shall abandon a vehicle within the Borough, and no person shall leave a vehicle at any place within the Borough for such time and under such circumstances as to cause the vehicle to reasonably appear to be abandoned.
No person shall leave any partially dismantled, nonoperating, wrecked or junked vehicle on a street or highway within the Borough.
No person in charge or control of property within the Borough, whether as owner, tenant, occupant, lessee or otherwise, shall allow partially dismantled, nonoperating, wrecked, junked or discarded vehicles to remain on the property longer than 48 hours; and no person shall leave such vehicles on any property within the Borough for a longer time than 48 hours. This section shall not apply to a vehicle in an enclosed building, a vehicle on the premises of a business enterprise operated in a lawful place and manner when necessary to the operation of the business enterprise or a vehicle in an appropriate storage place or depository maintained in a lawful place and manner by the Borough.
[Amended 5-18-1982 by Ord. No. 82-2]
The Chief of Police or any member of the Police Department designated by him is authorized to remove or have removed any vehicle left at any place within the Borough which appears to be present in violation of this chapter. Such vehicle shall be impounded until lawfully claimed or disposed of in accordance with applicable statutes. The Chief of Police or any member of the Police Department acting for him shall notify the registered and legal owner in writing, by personal service or by certified mail at the last known address of the owner, of the removal of the vehicle, the reason for the removal and the location of the vehicle. The vehicle shall be retained and impounded until the owner or his authorized agent pays the cost of such taking and removal, together with a garage charge at the current storage charge for each day that the vehicle is retained and impounded. If the vehicle is not claimed within three months, it may be disposed of pursuant to N.J.S.A. 39:10A-1 et seq.
The remedy provided in the preceding section shall not be deemed exclusive and shall not prohibit the prosecution of any person for violating the provisions of this chapter.