[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Bridgeport 8-21-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-006, approved 8-21-2018. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Junkyards and automobile graveyards — See Ch. 318.
Vehicle and traffic regulations — See Ch. 535.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 528, Vehicles, Abandoned, which consisted of Art. I, Impoundment and Storage of Abandoned Vehicles, adopted 3-3-1969 by Ord. No. 309, as amended; and Art. II, Storage of Junked Vehicles, adopted 3-3-1969 by Ord. No. 310, as amended.
Because abandoned motor vehicles, as described herein, parked on the streets and alleys in the Borough of Bridgeport affect the Borough's ability to clean and repair streets and alleys; obstruct and interfere with the proper movement of fire vehicles, emergency vehicles and normal vehicular traffic; become the object of vandalism and destruction; and create other public hazards upon the streets of the Borough of Bridgeport, such abandoned motor vehicles parked on any street or alley in the Borough of Bridgeport are declared a public nuisance.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLE
- A vehicle (other than a pedalcycle) shall be presumed to be abandoned under any of the following circumstances, but the presumption is rebuttable by a preponderance of the evidence:
- A. The vehicle is physically inoperable and is left unattended on a highway or other public property in the Borough of Bridgeport for more than 48 hours.
- B. The vehicle has remained illegally on a highway or other public property for a period of more than 48 hours.
- D. The vehicle has remained on private property without the consent of the owner or person in control of the private property for more than 24 hours.
It is illegal to abandon any vehicle within the Borough of Bridgeport as defined by this chapter.
Any abandoned vehicle may be removed or caused to be removed by the Bridgeport Police Department.
The Chief of Police or designee will establish procedures regarding the notice to the last registered owner in accordance with 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 3352(d)(1)(2).
Removal and impounding of vehicles under this chapter shall be done only by approved storage garages that shall be designated from time to time by the Borough Council.
Each of the designated garages shall submit evidence to the Borough Council that it is bonded or has acquired liability insurance in an amount satisfactory to the Borough Council as sufficient to indemnify owners of impounded vehicles against loss or damage to those vehicles while in the custody of the garage keeper for the purpose of towing or storage.
The charge for towing such vehicles and the charge for storage per day shall be set from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council.
Within five days from the time of removal of any vehicle under authority granted by this chapter, notice of the fact that the vehicle was removed shall be sent by the municipality to the owner of record of the vehicle. The notice shall designate the place from which the vehicle was removed, the reason for its removal and impounding and the garage in which it was impounded.
The payment of any towing and storage charges authorized by this chapter shall, unless payment is made under protest, be final and conclusive and shall constitute a waiver of any right to recover the money so paid. If payment of any towing or storage charges is made under protest, the offender shall be entitled to a hearing before a District Justice. Payment of towing and storage charges shall not relieve the owner or driver of any vehicle from liability for any fine or penalty for the violation of the provision of this chapter for which the vehicle was removed or impounded.
Any person who shall be convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter before any Magisterial District Judge shall be punishable by a fine of not less than $40 nor more than $600 and costs of prosecution or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 30 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offense, and the person or persons allowing or permitting the continuation of the violation may be punished as provided above for such separate offense.