[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Troy 8-6-1987 by L.L. No. 3-1987 (Art. XXVI of Sub-Part C of Part 1 of the 1973 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Chief of Police and/or the Chief Fiscal Officer of the City shall have the power and authority to provide for the removal, immobilization and storage of vehicles parked in violation of any statute, ordinance, rule or regulation and of vehicles on which there are outstanding traffic warrants or fines for parking violations in excess of $50.
[Amended 5-5-2011 by Ord. No. 2]
Such vehicles may be immobilized and/or removed and stored by or under the direction of a member of the Department of Police and/or the Chief Fiscal Officer of the City by means of towing or other means of removal, by securing the use of a wheel lock or other immobilization devices and by storing at a public or private impoundment lot as designated by the Chief of Police.
[Amended 5-5-2011 by Ord. No. 2]
Such removal, immobilization and storage shall be at the expense and risk of the owner of the vehicle.
When an immobilization device is used, the Police Department or its agents shall attach to the vehicle, in such form as directed by the Chief of Police, a notice containing the following information:
The location and identifying characteristics of the vehicle;
Date and time of placement of the device and signature of the installer;
Notice that further parking restrictions will be waived during the immobilization period;
Notice that any person tampering with the device or the vehicle will be subject to prosecution and liable for any loss to the City;
The steps which the owner must take to obtain release of the vehicle; and
Such other information, statements, notices and warnings as the Chief of Police shall determine.
Any attempt by any person to tamper with, deface, remove or destroy an immobilization device or to move by any means a vehicle towed or secured as herein provided may result in the prosecution of such person for any offense separate from and in addition to the parking violations; in addition, such person shall be liable for any loss suffered by the City due to any such attempt.
Any person found guilty of attempting to tamper with, deface, remove or destroy an immobilization device or moving by any means a vehicle towed or secured as herein provided shall be considered guilty of a misdemeanor and be punished by a fine not exceeding $250 or by imprisonment not exceeding 30 days.
Any vehicle removed, immobilized or stored as herein provided shall be promptly released to its owner upon the payment of outstanding parking fines and the satisfaction of outstanding traffic warrants. Said owner shall be charged a fee of $125 for towing or $155 for towing during a declared snow emergency for each vehicle so removed, immobilized or stored; and, in the event a vehicle is stored as provided herein, a storage fee of $25 per day will be charged commencing 24 hours after the time of the tow as indicated on the tow sheet.
[Amended 12-6-2001 by L.L. No. 6-2001; 12-5-2013 by Ord. No. 86; 3-5-2015 by Ord. No. 22]
While a vehicle is immobilized as herein provided, any parking restrictions of which such vehicle may be in violation shall be suspended and waived as they apply to such vehicle.