[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Riverton during codification; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Article II. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is hereby determined and declared that the abandonment or storage out-of-doors of any motor vehicle not currently in use for transportation and not currently licensed or registered on any public streets or on any public or private lands within the borough, is contrary and inimical to the public welfare in that such articles so abandoned or stored attract or may attract persons of tender years who, being so attracted, may play in and about them and be injured in so doing, and in that such vehicles so abandoned or stored out-of-doors, exposed to the elements, deteriorate and in themselves are unsightly and, deteriorating, become more unsightly and are detrimental to and depreciate the value of properties in the neighborhood where they are located and in the borough as a whole.
The following terms, phrases and words as used in and for the purpose of this chapter shall be deemed to have the following meanings:
- Any motor vehicle, omnibus, road tractor, trailer, truck, truck-tractor
and vehicle which:[Amended 10-12-1995 by Ord. No. 12-95]
- A. Is parked without the current year's registration certificate, inspection sticker and license plates as required by law; or
- B. Has been continuously parked in any public street or on any public land for a period of five (5) or more days or on private land for a period of fifteen (15) or more days and:
- (1) Is either so disabled as to constitute an obstruction to traffic and the driver or person owning or in charge thereof neglects or refuses to move the same to a place where it will not obstruct traffic; or
- (2) Is found to be mechanically inoperative and is allowed to remain inoperative on public land for a period of five (5) or more days or on private land for a period of fifteen (15) or more days. Said period of time may be extended, for good cause, by the Police Department.
- JUNK AUTOMOBILE or JUNK AUTOMOBILE BODY
- Any automobile which is no longer in actual use as a motor vehicle or which is wholly unfit, without rebuilding or reconditioning, for use in highway transportation, or which has been discarded for use as a motor vehicle or otherwise abandoned.
- MOTOR VEHICLE, OMNIBUS, ROAD TRACTOR, TRAILER, TRUCK, TRUCK-TRACTOR and VEHICLE
- Are intended to have the meaning stated and defined in N.J.S.A. 39:1-1 et seq.
- Any individual, firm, partnership or corporation being the owner or having any legal right in, of or to the motor vehicle or other vehicle as herein defined.
- POLICE DEPARTMENT
- The Police Department of the Borough of Riverton.
It shall be unlawful for any person to abandon or suffer or permit the abandoning of any motor vehicle, omnibus, road tractor, trailer, truck or truck-tractor, or other vehicle as defined herein, upon any public street or public or private land in the Borough of Riverton or within the right-of-way of any public street or thoroughfare, or any easement area dedicated to and for the use of the public. Nothing herein contained shall be deemed to prohibit the placing, keeping or storage of any such vehicle in an enclosed garage, barn or other building.
No person shall place, keep or store any junk automobile or junk automobile body, as heretofore defined in this chapter, on any public or private property within the Borough of Riverton unless such person fully complies with the requirements of N.J.S.A. 39:11-3.
[Amended 10-12-1995 by Ord. No. 12-95]
If any motor vehicle, omnibus, road tractor, trailer, truck, truck-tractor or vehicle, as defined in this chapter, shall be abandoned on private land, right-of-way or easement for fifteen (15) or more days and is disabled, as defined by § 121-2, it shall be presumed that the owner or tenant in possession of said land has abandoned it there or permitted or suffered it to be abandoned there.
Whenever any officer of the Borough of Riverton Police Department finds any motor vehicle, omnibus, road tractor, trailer, truck, truck-tractor or vehicle which has been abandoned, kept or stored contrary to the provisions of this chapter on any public street or highway or on any public or private property, such member of the Borough of Riverton Police Department shall remove or secure the removal of this vehicle to such garage or place as may be designated by the Borough Council of the Borough of the Riverton as a garage or place for the impounding of such vehicles, and such vehicles shall be retained in impoundment until the person owning the same shall first pay the reasonable cost of the removal and storage which may result from such removal before regaining possession of the vehicle.
Whenever any vehicle is impounded as provided in this section, the Chief of Police or some member of the Police Department acting for him shall, within five (5) days of the date of impoundment, notify the registered owner in writing by registered mail at the last-known address of the owner, of the removal of such vehicle, the reason for its removal and the location of the vehicle.
Whenever any vehicle impounded by the Police Department shall remain unclaimed for a period of ninety (90) days, the vehicle shall be sold under the direction of the Chief of Police at public auction to the highest bidder. Such auction held shall take place after notice of such sale has been given at least seven (7) days prior thereto by one (1) publication in the newspaper circulated in the borough and upon the mailing of a copy of said notice to the owner of the vehicle, by registered mail, at least seven (7) days prior to the sale. The address of the owner as shown on the records of the State Division of Motor Vehicles shall be deemed sufficient for the purposes of this chapter.
[Amended 10-12-1995 by Ord. No. 12-95]
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000.) or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding ninety (90) days or by a period of community service not exceeding ninety (90) days, or any combination thereof, at the discretion of the Municipal Judge, and each day that such violation shall continue shall be deemed as a separate offense.
A continuance of a violation or a noncompliance with the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed a nuisance, and the Borough Council shall have the right to apply to the courts of this state for injunctive relief or other relief in addition to the penalties provided for herein.