[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Hanover 11-10-1966 by Ord. No. 11-66. Section 263-7 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 267.
The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and enforcement of this chapter:
- Any person, firm, partnership, corporation, company, association or organization of any kind.
- Any real property within the Township of Hanover 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.
- 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 limitation, an automobile, truck, trailer, motorcycle, tractor, buggy and wagon.
No person shall abandon any vehicle within the Township, and no person shall leave any vehicle at any place within the Township for such time and under such circumstances as to cause such vehicle reasonably to appear to have been abandoned.
No person shall leave or cause to be left any nonoperating, discarded, dismantled, wrecked, junked or unlicensed vehicle on any street or highway within the Township.
No person in charge or control of any property within the Township, whether as owner, tenant, lessee, occupant or otherwise, shall willfully place, deposit, store, leave or keep any discarded, wrecked, junked or 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 vehicle:
The Chief of Police or any member of the Police Department is hereby authorized to remove or to cause to be removed any vehicle left at any place within the Township which reasonably appears to be in violation of this chapter or which appears to be lost, stolen or unclaimed.
With respect to vehicles on private property, the Chief of Police 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 of time, not less than 15 days 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 Chief of Police may impound said vehicle or cause the same to be impounded and, for that purpose, may enter upon said 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. 39:1OA-1 et seq. or N.J.S.A. 40:47-20,whichever may be applicable.
Editor's Note: N.J.S.A. 40:47-20 was repealed by L. 1972, c. 133, effective 8-17-1972. For current provisions, see N.J.S.A. 40A:14-157.
The owner of any private property from which a vehicle is removed and impounded pursuant to the preceding section hereof, and the tenant, lessee or occupant of the premises, if any, shall be jointly and severally liable for the cost and expense, including reasonable overhead charges, paid or incurred by the Township in effecting such removal and impounding and shall be paid by the person or persons liable therefor upon demand.
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days, or to both such fine and imprisonment. Each day that such violation is committed or permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punishable as such hereunder.