[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Tyrone 11-8-2004 by Ord. No. 1218; amended in its entirety 8-13-2012 by Ord. No. 1329. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ABANDONED VEHICLE
- Any vehicle which is parked or permitted to stand on any public street or alley for a continuous period exceeding 48 hours unattended and not bearing one of the following: a valid registration plate, a certificate of inspection and an ascertainable vehicle identification number; and any vehicle which shall stand or be parked on a public street or alley for a period of 48 hours without the consent of the owner or person in control.
- JUNKED AUTOMOBILE
- Any vehicle which has no valid registration or certificate of inspection and/or has been stripped or partially disassembled so that it is inoperable or immovable and is parked or permitted to stand on a public street or alley for 48 hours and/or on an unenclosed location on private property for a continuous period in excess of 30 days.
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons, firm, company, partnership or corporation, whether by principal or agent, to park, store or permit to be parked or stored any junked vehicle on public property, including, but not limited to, any streets and alleyways, within the Borough of Tyrone. Not more than one junked vehicle may be parked or stored on private property, and any such junked vehicle shall be kept or stored only on the premises at which the owner of the junked vehicle resides, provided the following conditions are met:
Permit required. An owner having or permitting a junked vehicle on the owner's premises shall obtain, on a semiannual basis, a permit (the cost of which shall be established by the Borough from time to time) from the Borough indicating whether said junked vehicle is being restored or is a vehicle intended for use off of public streets.
Junked vehicle cover required. Any junked vehicle which is under permit for storage on private property must be constantly covered by an automobile/motor vehicle cover specifically sold for such purposes. If a cover is not manufactured for a certain type of automobile/motor vehicle, the Police Department or the Code Enforcement Officer shall have the discretion to determine the appropriateness of the cover required for said vehicle. Plastic tarps, cloth tarps, and other like materials are not permitted to be used as automobile/motor vehicle covers unless approved as previously set forth.
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons, firm, company, partnership or corporation, whether by principal or agent, to park, store or permit to be parked or stored any abandoned vehicle on the public streets or alleys of the Borough of Tyrone and/or any other public property.
Any police officer of the Borough of Tyrone Police Department and/or the Borough of Tyrone Code Enforcement Officer and/or the Parking Enforcement Officer is hereby designated to complete and process the necessary documentation on forms prescribed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on each vehicle declared abandoned pursuant to the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code. In compliance with the said Vehicle Code, the Borough Manager is hereby designated to hear objections as to whether a vehicle was abandoned.
Upon the presence of abandoned or junked vehicles within the Borough, an investigation shall be made by the Borough regarding said vehicles. If the investigation reveals the presence of vehicles in violation of this chapter, the Borough shall immediately transmit written notice to the owner in person or by certified mail. Such written notice shall contain a description of the vehicle, its location, notice of violation of this chapter and directions to remove the vehicle from the street or private property within 10 days.
Any person or persons, firm, company, partnership, or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction before the Magisterial District Judge, pay a fine of not less than $50 and not more than $600 for each offense and cost of prosecution and when default in payment thereof shall be imprisoned in the county jail for a period not to exceed 30 days.
Each day that a violation is permitted to exist after notice, in writing, shall have been served shall constitute a separate offense.