[Adopted 10-20-1997 by L.L. No. 3-1997 (Ch. 46B of the 1963 Code)]
No person shall park, stand, store or leave a motor vehicle upon any publicly or privately owned premises or property, parking areas or parking lots, without the consent and permission of the owner or lessee of such premises.
To effectuate the prohibition on such premises as above described, a conspicuous sign or signs shall be posted at the entrances to such parking lots or such parking areas informing the public as to the permitted conditions or parking thereon. A sign, as hereinafter described, shall be deemed substantial compliance with this section.
Such signs shall be at least three feet high by four feet wide, with red lettering of a size not less than above indicated upon a white background. The words "police enforcement" and "under penalty of law" on such signs shall be construed, among other things, to mean a request by the owner or lessee that the police shall enforce the provisions of this article against persons parking, standing, storing or leaving a vehicle on such premises without the consent of the owner or lessee, and that the police are authorized to enter upon such premises to enforce the provisions of this article. Such signs shall state the conditions of parking or the persons authorized by the owners or lessees to use said premises for parking or both; and persons not included within such authorization or violating the regulations and conditions set out on said signs shall be deemed to be using said premises unlawfully without the authority and consent of the owner or lessee.
This article may be enforced by the police with the use of tags, summonses and towing and any other procedures authorized by law.
Proof of ownership of a vehicle shall be presumptive evidence in an action for enforcement of this article that the owner parked said vehicle or caused said vehicle to be parked on such premises.
On demand of the police, any owner or lessee requesting police enforcement of this article shall furnish to the police a statement, in writing, signed by him or his agent, to the effect that a specified vehicle was unlawfully parked, stored or left upon his premises at a certain time or during a certain period without the owner or lessee's consent or permission, and such owner or lessee shall be available to testify to such facts in court at the request of the police.
Failure of an owner or lessee to comply with the request of the police as set out above shall be sufficient cause for the police to cease enforcing this article at the premises of such owner or lessee who fails to give the cooperation required herein.
Any person failing to obey any sign pursuant to this article shall be deemed guilty of an offense for violating this article and, upon conviction, shall be punished for the offense by a fine not exceeding $250, or by imprisonment for a time not exceeding 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.