City of Breckenridge Hills, MO
St. Louis County
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Section 610.010 Definitions.

[CC 1996 §615.010; CC 1981 §630.010; Ord. No. 531 §1, 10-20-1980]
As used in this Chapter, the following words shall have the meanings set out herein:
COLLECTOR
The License Collector of the City of Breckenridge Hills.
MUNICIPALITY
A County, City, Town or Village which has been duly incorporated in accordance with the laws of the State of Missouri as a unit of local government, including St. Louis County, St. Charles County and the City of St. Louis.
OWNER
Any person who holds the legal title of a vehicle or who has the legal right to possession thereof.
PERSON
Any individual, firm, partnership, corporation or combination of individuals of whatever character.
SOLICITING
Requesting or attempting to persuade an owner, his/her lawful agent or representative to give permission to a tow truck to remove, repair or store a vehicle, for a consideration, without a previous request from the owner or his/her lawful agent or representative.
VEHICLE
Any mechanical device on wheels, designed primarily for use, or used, on highways, except motorized bicycles, vehicles propelled or drawn by horses or human power, or vehicles used exclusively on fixed rails or tracks, or cotton trailers or motorized wheelchairs operated by handicapped persons.
WRECKER OR TOW TRUCK
Any emergency commercial vehicle equipped, designed and used to assist or render aid and transport or tow disabled or wrecked vehicles from a highway, road, street or highway rights-of-way to a point of storage or repair, including towing a replacement vehicle to replace a disabled or wrecked vehicle.

Section 610.020 License Required.

[CC 1996 §615.020; CC 1981 §630.020; Ord. No. 531 §2, 10-20-1980]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a tow truck within the City of Breckenridge Hills unless such person shall first obtain a license from the Collector or unless said person shall be exempt by reason of one (1) or more of the exemptions enumerated herein. Any license issued shall be affixed to the windshield of the tow truck for which the license is obtained.
B. 
No license shall be required of any person operating a tow truck in the City of Breckenridge Hills when such tow truck has affixed to its windshield a license obtained from any municipality pursuant to an ordinance of said municipality, provided that:
1. 
Said ordinance provides safeguards for the public similar to those provided in this Chapter, and
2. 
That municipality permits tow trucks licensed by the City of Breckenridge Hills to operate within that municipality without obtaining a license from that municipality. The license must be valid for the current year and the licensee must comply with all requirements of the Chapter under which it was issued.

Section 610.030 Requirements for License.

[CC 1996 §615.030; CC 1981 §630.030; Ord. No. 531 §3, 10-20-1980]
A. 
The application for said license shall contain the following:
1. 
Name and address of the applicant; if a natural person, the age, date, place of birth and Missouri State operator's license number;
2. 
If a corporation, the State in which incorporated, the date of incorporation, the address of the principal office and the names and addresses of its officers;
3. 
If any other type of organization or combination of individuals, the name thereof, the location of its office and the names and addresses of the principal officers, directors, trustees or managing persons or partners;
4. 
The address from which the tow truck will operate and the number of said vehicles to be operated;
5. 
A description of each tow truck giving also the serial and motor number; and
6. 
The application shall be subscribed and sworn to by the applicant or an officer thereof.

Section 610.035 Towing Truck Company Requirements.

A. 
A towing company operating a tow truck pursuant to the authority granted herein shall:
1. 
Have and occupy a verifiable business address;
2. 
Have a fenced, secure, and lighted storage lot or an enclosed, secure building for the storage of motor vehicles;
3. 
Be available twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week. Availability shall mean that an employee of the towing company or an answering service answered by a person is able to respond to a tow request;
4. 
Maintain a valid insurance policy issued by an insurer authorized to do business in this State, or a bond or other acceptable surety providing coverage for the death of, or injury to, persons and damage to property for each accident or occurrence in the amount of at least five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000.00) per incident;
5. 
Provide workers' compensation insurance for all employees of the towing company if required by Chapter 287, RSMo.; and
6. 
Maintain current motor vehicle registrations on all tow trucks currently operated within the towing company fleet.

Section 610.040 Investigation by Chief of Police — Issuance of License.

[CC 1996 §615.040; CC 1981 §630.040; Ord. No. 531 §4, 10-20-1980]
A. 
Each application for tow truck license or renewal thereof shall be referred by the Collector to the Chief of Police who shall investigate the character and fitness of the proposed applicant as well as any other persons listed as having an interest in the proposed license. The Chief of Police shall within sixty (60) days file written reports concerning the applicant with the Collector and further containing the Chief's recommendation for issuance or denial of the license.
B. 
Such license shall be issued by the Collector unless he/she finds one (1) or more of the following:
1. 
Intentional misstatements or misleading statements of fact in the application;
2. 
Any officer, director or managing agent of the applicant or any driver or dispatcher of a tow truck employed by the applicant has a record of being convicted of violation of any Statute, law or ordinance involving theft, possession of stolen property or interstate transportation of stolen vehicles or has previously had a business license suspended or revoked, provided that if the Collector shall find the conduct of such person subsequent to the aforesaid conviction, suspension or revocation has been such as to indicate fitness to operate a tow truck and that permitting such applicant to conduct such an operation would not be contrary to the public interest, he/she may issue said license;
3. 
Failure to pay the required application fee;
4. 
Any other matter which would be grounds for revocation, non-renewal or refusal to issue a business license in the City of Breckenridge Hills.
C. 
Each applicant shall be notified by mail or by hand delivery of the issuance or non-issuance of a license by the Collector.
D. 
If the Collector does not issue a license, the reasons for his/her not doing so shall be in writing and shall accompany the notice of non-issuance.

Section 610.050 License Fee — Term.

[CC 1996 §615.050; CC 1981 §630.050; Ord. No. 531 §5, 10-20-1980]
The fee for application for a license under this Chapter shall be twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for each vehicle, which license shall expire on December thirty-first (31st) of each year. If any license is approved after July first (1st) in any year, the license fee for the balance of the year shall be twelve dollars fifty cents ($12.50). Said fee shall accompany the license application and no part of it shall be returnable.

Section 610.060 Renewal Procedure.

[CC 1996 §615.060; CC 1981 §630.060; Ord. No. 531 §6, 10-20-1980]
A. 
Within sixty (60) days prior to the expiration of the license, a licensee may apply to the Collector for a renewal thereof.
B. 
The application for renewal shall indicate any changes from the information furnished to the Collector at the time of the original application or the next preceding application for renewal.
C. 
An application for renewal shall be accompanied by a renewal application fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per vehicle, no part of which shall be returnable.
D. 
The Collector shall renew the license if he/she finds that the applicant's tow truck business has been conducted in accordance with all applicable laws and ordinances and the application meets all of the requirements of this Chapter for issuance of the license.
E. 
If the Collector does not renew the license, the procedures set forth in Section 610.040(D) herein shall be followed.

Section 610.070 Suspension or Revocation — Procedure.

[CC 1996 §615.070; CC 1981 §630.070; Ord. No. 531 §7, 10-20-1980]
A. 
A license issued pursuant to this Chapter may be suspended for a period up to ninety (90) days or revoked by the City Council upon a showing of any of the following:
1. 
Intentional misstatements or misleading statements of fact in the application not discovered until after the issuance of said license;
2. 
Violation by any officer, director or managing agent of the licensee or any driver or dispatcher of a tow truck employed by the licensee of any Statutes or ordinances pertaining to theft, possession of stolen property or interstate transportation of stolen vehicles.

Section 610.080 Transfer of License.

[CC 1996 §615.080; CC 1981 §630.080; Ord. No. 531 §8, 10-20-1980]
No license shall be transferred from one owner to another, but an owner may transfer the license of one tow truck to another tow truck. Such transfer shall be made only on approval of the Collector after written request on forms provided by him/her for that purpose.

Section 610.090 Vehicle Labeling.

[CC 1996 §615.090; CC 1981 §630.090; Ord. No. 531 §9, 10-20-1980]
A. 
On each side of a tow truck there shall be legibly printed in letters not less than two (2) inches in height the following:
1. 
Name and address of the licensee and the license number assigned to him/her by the Collector;
2. 
The phrase "Licensed Tow Vehicle of the City of Breckenridge Hills"; and
3. 
The phrase "Request schedule of prices filed with the Police Department before engaging this vehicle".

Section 610.100 Operational Requirements and Forms — Statement.

[CC 1996 §615.100; CC 1981 §630.100; Ord. No. 531 §10, 10-20-1980]
A. 
The owner of a "tow truck" shall prepare and file in triplicate with the Collector a schedule of prices to be charged for the towing and storage of vehicles. The schedule may be based on time, mileage or a combination of both. In addition, the schedule may include the minimum charge for any undertaking involving towing and storage. One (1) copy of the schedule shall be retained by the License Collector, one (1) copy shall be returned to the applicant upon the issuance of a license and one (1) copy shall be forwarded to the Chief of Police.
B. 
Prior to the undertaking of a tow, the licensee or his/her agent shall present the schedule to the customer for his/her examination. A copy of the schedule shall be reproduced on a form approved by the Collector, which shall serve not only to advise the customer of the charges for towing, but also as an authority for the commencing of the tow as a work order. This form shall be in duplicate and the customer will sign on a space provided below a boldfaced printed statement declaring "I have examined the schedule of prices and I hereby authorize the towing of my vehicle". The licensee or his/her agent or employee shall give one (1) copy to the customer and retain the original for his/her files.
C. 
This original, signed statement shall be retained by the licensee for a period of six (6) months and shall be exhibited by him/her, upon demand, to the Collector or his/her authorized representative.
D. 
It shall be unlawful to charge a sum in excess of that authorized by the schedule filed with the Collector.
E. 
The form used by the licensee as hereinbefore mentioned shall in addition to the information contained in Subsection (B) hereof contain the following:
1. 
The full name and address of the licensee;
2. 
The full name and address of the person driving the tow truck;
3. 
The full name and address of the person engaging the tow truck;
4. 
The State license plate number or the State vehicle identification number of the vehicle to be towed;
5. 
The State license plate number of the tow truck;
6. 
The number of the license issued to the tow truck pursuant to this Chapter; and
7. 
Any other information required by the Collector.

Section 610.110 Statement Required — Necessary Information.

[CC 1996 §615.110; CC 1981 §630.110; Ord. No. 531 §11, 10-20-1980]
A. 
All persons operating a tow truck or their agents, when operating said tow truck, shall keep in their possession a pad or printed statements containing his/her name and the address of his/her place of business and after towing a vehicle shall prepare one (1) of such statements in duplicate and furnish the original to the owner of the vehicle or to his/her lawful agent or representative.
B. 
The statement shall contain the following information:
1. 
The full name and address of the licensee and the number of the license issued to the tow truck pursuant to this Chapter;
2. 
The full name and address of the person driving the tow truck;
3. 
The full name and address of the person engaging the tow truck;
4. 
The State license number or the State vehicle identification number of the vehicle;
5. 
The total amount to be charged for towing and the storage rate per day of price thereof; and
6. 
A duplicate of each statement issued shall be retained by the operator of the tow truck for a period of one (1) year and shall be exhibited by him/her upon demand to the Collector.

Section 610.120 Exemptions.

[CC 1996 §615.120; CC 1981 §630.120; Ord. No. 531 §12, 10-20-1980]
The provision of Sections 610.100 and 610.110 of this Chapter shall not be applicable to any licensee operating a tow truck under the terms of this Chapter who is under a written contract for a specific period of time with any person to tow, transport, convey or move a vehicle owned or controlled by such person to a specific location for consideration set forth in such contract, provided that the licensee has in his/her possession at all times while towing, transporting, conveying or moving such vehicle the contract or verified copy thereof and displays the contract or copy when required to do so by any Law Enforcement Officer. This provision shall not be construed or interpreted so as to relieve the licensee from complying with the other provisions of this Chapter.

Section 610.130 Miscellaneous Regulations.

[CC 1996 §615.140; CC 1981 §630.140; Ord. No. 531 §14, 10-20-1980]
A. 
No driver of a tow truck shall operate a tow truck in or on a public place for the purpose of soliciting.
B. 
No driver of a tow truck shall invite or permit loitering within or near his/her tow truck.
C. 
No driver of a tow truck shall seek employment by repeatedly driving his/her vehicle back and forth in a short space in or on any public place or otherwise interfering with the proper and orderly progress of traffic along a public place.
D. 
No driver of a tow truck shall solicit or attempt to divert prospective patrons of another tow truck.
E. 
No driver of a tow truck shall solicit or divert prospective patrons of a garage to any other garage.
F. 
No driver of a tow truck shall solicit, demand or receive from any person any pay, commission or emolument whatever except the proper fare for transporting the vehicle in accordance with the schedule of charges defined in Section 610.100 hereof.
G. 
All licensees shall promptly report all changes of address to the Collector.
H. 
A driver of a tow truck shall not move a vehicle involved in an accident in which a person has been killed or seriously injured unless such vehicle has been released by a duly authorized member of the Breckenridge Hills Police Department.
I. 
No person or agent of a person holding a license issued pursuant to this Chapter shall use or have in his/her possession a radio receiver capable of operating on a frequency assigned by the Federal Communications Commission for fire, Police, municipal or other governmental uses while engaged in the business of towing, except those persons under written contract with the City of Breckenridge Hills or a Police agency of a municipality for towing services.

Section 610.140 Penalties.

[CC 1996 §615.150; CC 1981 §630.150; Ord. No. 531 §15, 10-20-1980]
Any person, firm or corporation violating any provision of this Chapter shall be deemed guilty of an ordinance violation and upon conviction thereof shall be fined the sum of not less than one dollar ($1.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) or by imprisonment for a period not exceeding ninety (90) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.