[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the Borough of Lansdale 7-20-1983 by Ord. No. 1284 (Ch. 116 of the 1972 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided for the repeal of former Ch. 116, Vehicles, Junked or Inoperative, adopted 3-2-1967 by Ord. No. 931.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- GARAGE, PRIVATE
- A building accessory to a dwelling for the storage of not more than three pleasure cars or two pleasure cars and one truck of the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue R or S registration.
- GARAGE, PUBLIC
- A building or lot used for the storage, service, care and repair of motor vehicles but not including a gasoline filling station.
- Authority for a vehicle to operate on a highway as evidenced by the issuance of an identifying card and plate or plates in conformance with the Motor Vehicle Code of Pennsylvania, particularly 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 1301 et seq.
- UNLAWFUL STORAGE
- To allow a motor vehicle to remain on his, their or its property or on the property of which he, they or it are the tenants or in charge or control for a period of more than 30 days if such vehicle is not registered or does not have the ability to be registered.
- A device in or upon which any person or property is or may be transported on or upon a highway except devices used exclusively upon rails or tracks.
The Borough employee designated by the Borough Council or the Zoning Officer and/or Code Enforcement Officer of the Borough is hereby authorized and empowered to notify the owner or agent in charge, tenant or occupier of any private premises within the Borough limits to remove and properly dispose of any vehicle not registered. Such notice shall be given by certified mail addressed to the person's last known address or by personal service on the individual or by posting on the property.
Upon failure, neglect or refusal of any owner, agent in charge, tenant or occupier so notified to properly dispose of said vehicle within five working days of the date of said notice, the issuing party is authorized and empowered to commence prosecution to said violator or violators prescribed by law.
This chapter shall not apply to vehicles which are not registered if they are removed or located to a public or private garage where restoration can be completed safely in accordance with other ordinances.
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this chapter shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding brought before a Magisterial District Judge under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be guilty of a summary offense and shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, plus court costs and reasonable attorneys' fees incurred by the Borough in the enforcement proceedings. Upon judgment against any person by summary conviction, or by proceedings by summons on default of the payment of the fine or penalty imposed and the costs, the defendant may be sentenced and committed to the Borough lockup for a period not exceeding 10 days or to the county jail for a period not exceeding 30 days. Each day or portion thereof that such violation continues or is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense, and each section of this chapter that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense.