[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of Woodbury 3-10-1998 by Ord. No. 1850-98. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The following terms, phrases and words as used in and for the purpose of this chapter shall be deemed to have the following meanings. "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. of the Revised Statutes of the State of New Jersey.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLE
- Includes any motor vehicle, omnibus, road tractor, trailer, truck, truck tractor and vehicle which:
- (1) Has remained on or about private property without the consent of the owner or other person so in charge of said property for a continuing period of more than 10 days;
- (2) Does not have current license plates or registration;
- (3) Is found to be mechanically inoperative and is allowed to remain inoperative for a period of 10 days; or
- (4) Is found without one or more tires.
- JUNK AUTOMOBILE, JUNK AUTOMOBILE BODY or OTHER JUNK VEHICLE
- Any vehicle which is no longer in actual use as a motor vehicle or such vehicle as is incapable of being operated safely or being put in a safe operational condition except at a cost in excess of the value thereof.
- POLICE DEPARTMENT
- The Police Department of the City of Woodbury.
- Any individual, firm, partnership or corporation being the owner or having any legal right in or to the motor vehicle or other vehicle as herein defined.
- That work performed or to be performed upon any vehicle, including but not limited to motors, ignition systems, transmission, drivetrain, electric system or body or fender work.
No person shall authorize, permit, allow or suffer the repair, service or overhaul of any motor vehicle, of any description, upon any public parking lot, highway, street or alley within the City of Woodbury except when such repairs are necessary in an immediate emergency. Emergency repairs necessary to place said vehicle in operation may be made upon said public highway, street, parking lot or alley, provided that said emergency repairs can be completed in less than 60 minutes or unless an extra period of time has been granted by the person in charge of the Police Department at the time of the emergency.
It shall be unlawful for any person to store or permit to be stored on any property in the City of Woodbury an abandoned or junk vehicle, as defined herein, out of doors upon any private lands in the City of Woodbury, except as set forth in § 191-2C. 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, or in accordance with any provisions of the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Woodbury.
Any person may keep for 30 days on his own private property a vehicle which would otherwise be classified as "abandoned," provided that said vehicle is being kept for repair or sale. The property owner must immediately register such motor vehicle with the Chief of Police, and no more than one such vehicle may be so kept on the private land.
Upon complaint of any resident or property owner of the City or any employee of the City, the Chief of Police or his designated agent shall make an investigation of the conditions complained of and report thereon, in writing, as to the conditions found. Upon receiving such report, if the property in question about which the complaint was made is found to be in violation of this chapter, the Chief of Police or his agent shall notify the owner or possessor of the property personally, or by mail, to take steps to effectively remove the violation from the property within 10 days after receipt of such notice.
The Chief of Police, or his designated agent, shall reinspect said lands after the ten-day period shall have expired, and if it is found that a condition complained of and previously found to exist in violation of this chapter has not been abated or remedied, such member of the Police Department shall remove or secure the removal of such vehicle to a garage or place for the impounding. The person owning the same shall first pay the reasonable cost of removal and storage which may result from such a removal before regaining possession of the vehicle.
Any person who violates the provisions of this chapter shall, in addition to such other penalties as may be prescribed, pay all costs of removal and impounding, and in the event that the violator is a property owner, said costs and such other fines and penalties as may be levied in accordance with this chapter shall become a lien upon his property in accordance with law and shall be collected in the manner ascribed and established for the collection of liens.
Any person who violates the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine not exceeding $200 or by imprisonment not exceeding 90 days, or both, at the discretion of the Judge of the Municipal Court of the City of Woodbury, and each day that such violation shall continue shall be deemed a separate offense.
A continuance of a violation or a noncompliance with the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed a nuisance, and the City 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 herein.