Township of Washington, NJ
Gloucester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Washington 8-21-2002 by Ord. No. 19-2002; amended in its entirety 3-13-2013 by Ord. No. 4-2013. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Department of Law Enforcement — See Ch. 2, Art. IX.
Abandoned vehicles — See Ch. 258.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 260.
A. 
The purpose of this chapter is to establish the requirements and procedures for the licensing of towing and storage services, which is nondiscriminatory in the selection and use of towing operators, on a rotational basis, for the towing of abandoned, illegally parked, or stolen vehicles or those involved in crashes, within the Township of Washington, including vehicles suspected of involvement in crimes, and when otherwise requested by the Police Department of the Township of Washington.
B. 
For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meaning given herein:
ABANDONED VEHICLE
Any motor vehicle or vessel partially dismantled or not readily capable of operation under its own power or not currently licensed or wrecked or junked. It shall also mean any vehicle whose owner has terminated the use and care of the vehicle and has either indicated by his words or actions an intent to leave it and no longer claim ownership of it or left it without making arrangements for the storage with the owner, occupant or person in control of the premises on which it is located.
ABSORBENTS
Any group of products used to soak up spills or vehicle fluids. These would include oil dry, absorbent pads, socks, booms, etc.
ADMINISTRATION CHARGES
Charges for services, including but not limited to physical inspection, telephone and/or fax calls, electronic communication, copying of documentation, removal of personal items and additional office paperwork before and at the time of release.
AIR CUSHION RECOVERY
Use of any number of inflatable lifting apparatus (commonly referred to as air cushions and/or air bags). Used to lift, under controlled recovery movements, any objects (e.g., automobiles, trucks, tractors, tractor- and semitrailer combinations) either on and/or off the roadway, aircraft, underwater recovery and realignment of shifted loads inside semitrailers.
CLASS I (light duty)
For the purposes of this chapter, any motor vehicle with a GVW of 10,000 pounds or less.
CLASS IA
For the purposes of this chapter, any motor vehicle between 10,000 pounds and 26,000 pounds GVW.
CLASS II (heavy duty)
For the purposes of this chapter, any motor vehicle with a GVW of 26,001 pounds or more.
COLLECTION EXPENSE
Cost of fees spent in an attempt to secure payment for services rendered.
COLLISION WRAP
Used in an attempt to cover exposed areas from the weather elements.
(1) 
Refers to the amount of debris removal that should reasonably be anticipated at the scene of motor vehicle crash or incident. The standard site cleanup is usually defined to the point of impact, the final resting point of the vehicle and the associated debris field.
(2) 
Refers to the removal of debris at the point of impact, as well as along the path of pre-impact and/or post-impact, where vehicle disintegration and/or other property damage occur as a result of the motor vehicle crash or incident.
DISPOSABLE BAGS
Used to carry away used absorbents, car parts, glass, etc.
GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT (GVW)
The net weight of the vehicle, plus the weight of passengers, fuel, cargo and any additional accessories.
HEAVY-DUTY TOW TRUCK
Commercial manufactured truck with wrecker body. Minimum GVW 26,001 pounds used to tow and recover commercial-type vehicles over 26,000 GVW, as well as passenger vehicles unable to be recovered by other means.
HYDRAULIC FLATBED CAR CARRIER
Commercial motor vehicle designed exclusively to transport motor vehicles that have become disabled, wrecked, recovered stolen and police impound by means of bodily winching motor vehicles from roadway level up onto a hydraulic bed for transporting purposes.
IMPOUNDMENT
The storage of a motor vehicle upon the order of a law enforcement officer.
INCIDENT
Any recurring or nonrecurring event that created a diminished capacity to roadway function or threatens the environment.
INCIDENT MANAGEMENT ESCORT AND SUPPORT VEHICLE
A truck or trailer containing assorted supplies to mitigate the impact of incidents, i.e., spill control, traffic control, auxiliary lighting, cleanup materials and equipment.
INSIDE SECURED STORAGE
When a motor vehicle is placed inside a secured facility at the request of the vehicle/owner/operator or at the request of a law enforcement agency for preservation purposes, e.g., an owner/operator request antique or classic motor vehicle and/or an expensive luxury motor vehicle and/or law enforcement request for preservation of further law enforcement investigation.
LABOR
The additional work done at the scene by the tow truck operator that is beyond that required to perform a basic tow, or any additional manpower needed to complete a recovery, winching or towing of a vehicle. Labor charge for additional manpower shall be based on a per-man, per-hour rate with a one-hour minimum.
LIGHT-DUTY TOW TRUCK
Used to tow and recover small light-duty vehicles up to 10,000 pounds.
MEDIUM-DUTY TOW TRUCK
Used to tow and recover small commercial type vehicles up to 26,000 pounds GVW or passenger vehicles unable to be recovered with light-duty tow truck or flatbed.
MILEAGE CHARGES
Are calculated on a portal-to-portal basis, which consists of the following examples: towing company dispatched from towing facility to destination of tow, tows or transports motor vehicle from point of pickup back to destination point at a towing company protected storage facility, a motor vehicle is towed from a point of pickup to another destination other than the towing company facility, e.g., vehicle owner residence, mechanical repair facility, auto body repair facility or any other destination, mileage accrual at arrival back to the point of dispatch (towing company facility).
OFF-ROAD RECOVERY
Use of specialized equipment or tow truck to retrieve a vehicle that has left the roadway.
OUTSIDE SECURED STORAGE
When a motor vehicle is placed in an outside, secured storage facility that will be completely enclosed with at least a six-foot fence and will have at least one entrance and exit gate. The facility will be completely illuminated by outside lighting in order to safeguard the motor vehicles.
PORTABLE DOLLIES and/or PORTABLE GO-JAC TYPE OF DOLLIES
A set of wheels installed under either end of a vehicle in order to facilitate its movement. Use of this type of equipment would incur an additional labor charge.
POST-INCIDENT EXPENSES
A host of services provided to the customer's vehicle after the vehicle has been removed from the scene.
RECOVERY
When the tow operator applies his knowledge in a skillful manner to preserve the condition of the motor vehicle while winching and/or lifting the damaged vehicle back to a normal towing or loading position.
RECOVERY SUPERVISOR/COORDINATOR
A trained individual who utilizes his expertise to facilitate a safe and effective response to an incident through direct instruction to other employees dealing with the other responders or physically creating the conditions needed to terminate an incident.
ROAD SERVICE
Use of a tow truck or service vehicle to attempt to repair a vehicle at the point of the breakdown.
SPECIALIZED EQUIPMENT
Use of a wide variety of primarily, but not limited to, construction-type equipment not normally considered towing equipment used to access or cleanup a recovery scene of wreckage.
SPECIALIZED FLATBED CARRIER EQUIPPED WITH SPECIAL HYDRAULIC OSCILLATION KNUCKLE BOOM CRANE
Commercial motor vehicle exclusively designed for special recovery procedures when needed and also to bodily lift and transport motor vehicles.
STORAGE
"Storage charges for a twenty-four-hour period" means the maximum allowable amount to be charged by a storage facility for a twenty-four-hour period or fraction thereof. A new twenty-four-hour period begins at 12:01 a.m. Storage is charged on a per-calendar-day or any part thereof.
SUBCONTRACTOR
Use of other commercial businesses to provide services needed that the tower does not possess. The tower invoices a handling charge on top of subcontractor's invoice charge.
TARPING
Covering or re-covering a vehicle to prevent against further weather damage or unauthorized access.
TOWING
When a tow truck and/or hydraulic flatbed carrier takes in its possession the care, control and custody of a motor vehicle by means of standard industry procedures.
TOW TRUCK
Commercial motor vehicle designed exclusively to lift motor vehicles that have become disabled, wrecked, recovered stolen and police impounded by means of lifting from the front or rear by the following methods:
(1) 
Sling type: mechanical or hydraulic.
(2) 
Wheel lift type: mechanical or hydraulic.
TRAILERING
The use of Landoll type of recovery unit to transport anything that is too large to be flatbedded or would be damaged if towed in another manner.
VEHICLE
Every device in, upon or by which a person or property is or may be transported upon a highway, excepting devices moved exclusively by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.
VEHICLE ACCESS CHARGE
Owner and/or insurance representative must be accompanied into the secured storage yard facility to inspect, remove personal belongings, adjust and take photographs. Documentation such as the driver's license of the vehicle owner or the business card of the insurance representative must be photocopied and time stamped when this additional auxiliary service is performed.
VEHICLE REMOVAL CHARGE (LOT REMOVAL)
Charge for a motor vehicle towed into the storage facility of the primary tower that is not movable and must be towed out of the primary tower's storage facility to a designated unsecured staging area for towing by the secondary tower.
WAITING TIME
Additional time a tow operator spends at the scene other than the time required for the actual tow and/or recovery.
WATER RECOVERY
The process of recovering a vehicle or any other object as requested that is in water or under water.
WILLFUL ABANDONMENT
An action deliberately taken by an owner or insurance company to leave a vehicle or vessel at a storage yard in order to attempt to avoid paying the towing, recovery, storage, etc., charges due against the vehicle. See N.J.S.A. 39:4-56.5 and 39:4-56.6.
WINCHING
The process of moving a motor vehicle by the use of additional chains, nylon slings and additional lengths of winch cable from a position that is not accessible for direct hookup by conventional means for towing and/or loading onto a tow vehicle. Winching is not pulling a vehicle onto a flatbed carrier or lifting a motor vehicle by conventional means (tow sling, wheel left, etc.).
WRECKER or TOWER or TOW AGENCY
A person or business entity engaged in the business, or offering the services of, a vehicle wrecker, flatbed or towing service, whereby disabled motor vehicles are towed or otherwise removed from the places where they are disabled, impounded or abandoned by use of a wrecker or truck so designed for that purpose.
WRECKING
The process of removing wreckage from the roadway, e.g., the vehicle and its debris that includes the removal of pieces of vehicles from a crash scene with the end result being to return the roadway back to pre-crash conditions.
The Township Council of the Township of Washington, at the first meeting of each year, shall establish a list of tow agencies (Classes I and II) which qualify to be called by the Division of Police, pursuant to the terms of this chapter. Towers who wish to be included in the lists shall complete an application and provide all requisite documents to the Chief of Police between October 1 and October 31 of every third year beginning for the time period of 2014 to 2016. If any application is deemed insufficient by the submission date (October 31), the application shall not be considered for the upcoming year. Successful applicants shall be called for Township towing on a rotating basis according to a schedule established by the Chief of Police. All towers will be treated equally.
A. 
No person, firm or corporation, while acting as the official tow service for the Township of Washington, shall operate a wrecker or towing service, upon or along any street in the Township, until the owner thereof shall obtain a license therefor.
B. 
The application process for the licensure year will begin October 1 of the pre-licensure year. Applications for operator's licenses shall be filed with the Chief of Police not later than October 31 of the pre-licensure year and shall include the following information:
(1) 
The name, business address and telephone number of the applicant. If the application is made on behalf of a corporation, it shall state the name and address of the officers and directors thereof and the name and address of its registered agent, including a listing of the names and addresses of every stockholder holding more than 10% of the stock of the corporation;
(2) 
The year, make, type and model number of each wrecker or tow truck used in said business, its serial number and registration number and the name and address of the registered owner and any lien holder thereon;
(3) 
The address where the wrecker or tow truck or trucks are regularly garaged, the telephone number or numbers and the names, addresses and New Jersey driver's license numbers of all employee-drivers of the vehicles identified;
(4) 
The location, size and security features of the storage lot or space in which towed vehicles will be stored, including the number of vehicle spaces available;
(5) 
The name and address of the operator's insurance carrier(s), and the policy numbers of all insurance policies issued for the business, the business premises and the vehicles identified in § 246-2.1B(2);
(6) 
A copy of the current fee schedule for towing and storage services;
(7) 
A certification that towing and storage services and fees will be available in compliance with this chapter;
(8) 
A certification granting permission to the Washington Township Police Department to conduct inspections of the wreckers, tow trucks and storage facility for the purpose of determining compliance with this chapter;
(9) 
Such other information as the Township shall deem appropriate and necessary;
(10) 
Applicants must understand that they must be able to respond and be present at the towing location within 20 minutes of receipt of notice of the towing, unless heavy or unusual traffic conditions prevent the operator from arriving within such period;
(11) 
All submitted applications, tower(s) wishing to apply for appointment, will be required to complete the application process to include a fee of $100 submitted to the Township upon appointment.
C. 
The applicant for license shall be accompanied by a fee payable to the Township of Washington in the form of cashier's check, certified check or money order to defray the costs of the motor vehicle and criminal investigation by the Police Department. The fee shall be $100 per applicant.
A. 
Upon receipt of all completed applications, the Chief of Police shall conduct or cause to be conducted such investigation as he deems necessary to determine the truth and accuracy of the information contained in the application and the applicant's compliance with this chapter, including the motor vehicle and criminal record of the applicant and all employees. The applicant may be refused if such investigation reveals the following:
(1) 
Conviction of any crime or misdemeanor involving arson and/or other burnings; atrocious assault and battery; breaking and entering; bribery and corruption; burglary; embezzlement, conspiracy, conversion and misappropriation of funds; extortion; larceny; loan sharking; possession or use of a controlled dangerous substance; and other crimes against the person or crimes involving moral turpitude in the last 10 years.
(2) 
All employees of the applicant must be fingerprinted by Sagem Morpho, a.k.a. Morpho-Trak.
(3) 
Conviction of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of an intoxicating liquor or drug (N.J.S.A. 39:4-50): leaving the scene of an accident (N.J.S.A. 39:4-129); failure to report an accident (N.J.S.A. 39:4-130); reckless driving (N.J.S.A. 39:4-96); and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in an automobile (N.J.S.A. 39:4-49.1) in the last 10 years.
(4) 
Background check by Township's Police Department.
(5) 
Disqualification for criminal convictions unless waived for cause.
(6) 
Accuracy of application information.
(7) 
Experience of contractor: references.
(8) 
Sufficient personnel to staff the equipment and facility.
(9) 
Required state/Township licenses.
(10) 
Type, condition and design of available equipment:
(a) 
Tow trucks having two-way radio capability with a dispatching center on twenty-four-hour basis.
(b) 
Number of tow trucks required. Proof of ownership or lease.
(11) 
Service on twenty-four-hour basis, seven days a week.
(12) 
Storage:
(a) 
Capacity.
(b) 
Contractor responsible for safe storage.
(c) 
Area location to facilitate reasonable towing distances.
(d) 
Area enclosed by a sturdy fence with minimum height.
(e) 
Area to be lighted from dusk until dawn.
(f) 
Area legally zoned for such use.
(g) 
Proof of ownership or lease of storage area.
(h) 
Facility available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year and open to the public on weekdays during normal business hours and limited hours on Saturdays and Sundays.
(i) 
Area allowing access by Police Department officers at all times in order to conduct investigations and to ensure compliance with this chapter.
(j) 
No release fees charged for releasing vehicles after normal business hours.
(k) 
Storage facility within a five-mile radius of the Police Administration Building.
B. 
The Chief of Police shall, following review of the application, endorse his approval or disapproval of the application within 30 days of completion of the motor vehicle and criminal records checks. If the application is disapproved, the reasons therefor shall be set forth in writing.
A. 
An operator's license shall be issued by the Township Clerk to the applicant, upon approval thereof by the Chief of Police, and upon submission of proof of insurance required by § 246-3.
B. 
Such license shall be submitted during the last two weeks in December of the pre-licensure year by the Township Clerk to be considered for approval on or about January 1 for the following year.
C. 
All licenses issued pursuant to this chapter shall expire at the end of the calendar year in which the license is issued.
D. 
Applications for renewal of licenses shall include a certification as to any changes in the information set forth in the original application and shall be filed at least 30 days before the expiration of the license.
E. 
All licenses issued under this chapter shall be prominently displayed on all wreckers and tow trucks and at the operator's place of business.
F. 
All licenses issued under this chapter are nontransferable.
G. 
The licensee shall permit no new employee or temporary employee to operate under a license unless first approved in accordance with the procedures set forth in Subsection D of this section.
H. 
All approved employees drivers shall be provided with a photographic identification card issued by the Township, which must be in their possession while acting in their capacity as a towing vendor. The design and format for this identification card shall be established and approved by the Chief of Police.
I. 
The regulations and fee schedules of individual towers shall be made available to the public during normal business hours of the municipality.
A. 
Licenses issued under this chapter may be revoked by the Chief of Police, after reasonable notice and hearing, for any of the following reasons:
(1) 
Materially or false inaccurate information in the application or a change of circumstances, which would have caused disapproval of the application if the circumstances had existed at the time of application.
(2) 
Failure of the operators to comply with any of the requirements of this chapter, violation of any additional regulations promulgated by the Chief of Police, and conviction of any state, federal or local law relating to motor vehicle operation.
B. 
Any applicant or licensee aggrieved by the action of the Chief of Police, or the Township Clerk, in the denial of an application for a license or revocation thereof may appeal to the governing body of the Township of Washington, by filing with the Township Clerk, within 14 days after notice of the action complained of, a written request for a hearing, setting forth the grounds for the appeal. The governing body will set a time and place for a hearing on such appeal, and notice shall be served upon the applicant or licensee at least five days prior to the hearing.
A. 
No wrecker shall be called until he/she has provided the Chief of Police with proof of insurance, as per the following schedule; said proof shall be reviewed by the Township insurance broker as to acceptability of the companies and coverage.
B. 
Types of insurance and minimum policy limits are as follows:
(1) 
Automobile liability in an amount not less than $1,000,000 combined single limits.
(2) 
Workers' compensation as required by law.
(3) 
Garage-keeper's liability in an amount not less than $100,000 per location.
(4) 
Garage liability in an amount not less than $1,000,000 combined single limit.
(5) 
Miscellaneous coverage to provide complete protection to the Township against any and all risks of loss or liability, including comprehensive general liability.
(6) 
Collision coverage for vehicles in tow. Comprehensive, general liability insurance, in an amount of not less than $1,000,000 for personal injuries, per occurrence, and $1,000,000 for property damage, per occurrence, including premises operations and products/completed operations.
C. 
All policies of insurance shall contain an endorsement providing for collision coverage for vehicles in tow.
D. 
All policies of insurance shall contain an endorsement requiring that at least 10 days' notice shall be given to the Township Clerk in the event of any material change in or cancellation of the policy.
E. 
The wrecker shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Township for any and all claims against the Township arising out of the operation of the wrecker, his servants, agents or employees under this chapter. The wrecker shall provide a written hold harmless agreement, duly executed to the Township, prior to being placed on the towing schedule.
A. 
The Chief of Police shall maintain two rotating lists of licensed operators to respond to service calls from the Police Department (rotating lists). There shall be a Type I list (light-duty list) and a Type Ia and II list (medium- and heavy-duty).
B. 
The rotating lists shall be determined and comprised from the lists of all licensed operators for the next succeeding calendar year having towing licenses and having submitted in each category an application in accordance with this chapter issued on or before November 1 of the pre-licensed year. Any holders of towing permits issued after November 1 shall not be included in the rotating lists for the following calendar year. An operator may be on both lists.
C. 
Calls to operators on the rotating lists shall be made on a nondiscriminatory, rotating basis, pursuant to procedures established by the Chief of Police.
D. 
Any operator who does not wish to be placed on the rotating call lists must notify the Chief of Police in writing or in the operator's towing permit application. In such event, the operator shall be removed from the rotating call lists for the remaining term of the operator's license.
The Chief of Police shall adopt and enforce reasonable rules and regulations for wreckers and is hereby designated as the Township officer responsible for the enforcement of the provisions of this chapter, in accordance with due process of law.
A. 
Any wrecker called to tow a vehicle at the request of the Police Department shall charge no more than the maximum fee set forth in N.J.A.C. 11:3-38.1 et seq.[1] These maximum fees apply to all towing and storage requests initiated by the Township, including but not limited to requests due to motor vehicle crashes or stolen vehicles as contemplated by N.J.A.C. 11:3-38.1. The maximum daily storage charge applies to the entire period of time the vehicle is stored subsequent to a tow requested by the Township. Towing rates are subject to change in July of each year.
[1]
Editor's Note: N.J.A.C. 11:3-38 is reserved (repealed 1991, effective 1999).
B. 
The fee for towing a vehicle shall include the service rendered from the scene where the vehicle is located to the storage area and from the storage area to the curbline of the property on which is located the storage area. There shall be no additional charge for towing a vehicle from the storage area to the curbline for the purpose of an owner of a vehicle towing the vehicle to a service station or other repair shop or the person's home or other location. The charge for towing includes any incidental and related costs such as disconnecting and reconnecting a transmission. There shall be no additional costs for any other services, including but not limited to waiting time, debris removal and additional labor when routine towing services as provided for by this chapter are performed. The tower shall be responsible for the cleanup and disposal of motor vehicle fluids, in accordance with state law and accepted standards, and there shall be no additional labor charges for this service. The tower may charge the owner/operator for material used in the cleanup of motor vehicle fluids. The tower may charge a fee for lockout service as well as roadside assistance such as jump starts, tire changes, and providing gasoline for vehicles that have run out of fuel.
A. 
The charges, fees and rates for Class I vehicles to be towed and stored shall be as follows:
(1) 
Flatbed and towing service pursuant to this chapter, which will include all routine towing/winching, labor and cleanup costs associated with the removal of the vehicle:
(a) 
Any towing service requested for Class I vehicles include all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles, motor scooters, mopeds and trucks:
[1] 
Daytime rate: $150; and
[2] 
Nights, weekends and holidays: $175.
(2) 
Winching service not associated with routine towing of vehicle:
(a) 
For first hour: $75.
(b) 
Each additional 1/2 hour: $25.
(3) 
Mileage. All vehicles towed from a scene shall not be charged for the first mile, but each subsequent mile will be charged $3 per mile.
(4) 
Storage:
(a) 
Storage is charged per calendar day.
(b) 
Motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, mopeds and motor scooters will be charged $35 per day.
(c) 
Class I vehicles, per day:
[1] 
Outside: $45.
[2] 
Inside: $55.
(5) 
Rollovers:
(a) 
Class I vehicle will be charged a flat fee of $100 to upright the vehicle.
(6) 
Additional laborer. In the event of major event or recovery, additional manpower may be necessitated. In the event, the additional manpower will be charged at a rate of $65 per hour.
(7) 
Oil Dry used during the cleanup process will be charged at $15 per bag used.
(8) 
Specialized equipment. In cases where the tower must hire laborers or rent or utilize specialized equipment not specified in this chapter, all reasonable charges therefor shall be paid by the owner of the vehicle, after the owner of the vehicle or his agent has given his prior written consent thereto, except where said vehicle is deemed a hazard to health or safety, whereupon said vehicle will be removed by the direction of the Chief of Police or his designee, with the owner then being responsible for all personnel, equipment and labor costs. The Chief of Police or his designee shall determine the necessity for specialized equipment.
(9) 
Unloading of goods. In the event that it is necessary to unload a vehicle which has been used for transportation of goods prior to towing, an agreement shall be reached between the tower and the owner of the vehicle or the owner's agent or representative as to the charge for said service. No written agreement is necessary in an emergency situation, and the Chief of Police or his designee shall determine when an emergency exists.
B. 
The charges, fees and rates for Class Ia and Class II vehicles to be towed and stored shall be as follows:
(1) 
Heavy- and medium-duty service:
(a) 
Heavy-duty hydraulic wrecker with underreach wheel lift service: special equipment: $300 per hour; two hours minimum.
(b) 
Heavy-duty hydraulic wrecker without underreach: $300 per hour; two hours minimum.
(c) 
Heavy-duty mechanical wrecker: $250 per hour; two hours minimum.
(d) 
Heavy-duty wrecker with winching (basic): $275 per hour; two hours minimum.
(e) 
Medium-duty wrecker: $225 per hour; two hours minimum.
(f) 
Medium flatbed: $200 per hour; two hours minimum.
(g) 
Medium-duty wrecker with winching (basic): $225 per hour; two hours minimum.
(2) 
Road service, heavy-duty, plus parts and fuel:
(a) 
Daytime rate: $85; and
(b) 
Nights, weekends and holidays: $100.
(3) 
Labor rate per man, heavy-duty:
(a) 
Daytime rate: $95; and
(b) 
Night, weekends and holidays: $125.
(4) 
Breakdown:
(a) 
Daytime rate: $95.
(b) 
Night, weekends and holidays: $125.
(c) 
Three dollars per mile +.
(5) 
Accident:
(a) 
Daytime rate: $95.
(b) 
Night, weekends and holidays: $125.
(c) 
Three dollars per mile +.
(6) 
Winching, basic winch (two-hour minimum):
(a) 
Daytime rate: $95.
(b) 
Night, weekends and holidays: $125.
(7) 
Uprighting and major recovery (additional hourly rates may apply; two-hour minimum):
(a) 
Daytime rate: $185.
(b) 
Night, weekends and holidays: $250.
(8) 
Road cleanup: $45 daytime rate.
(9) 
Bed cleanup: $35 daytime rate.
(10) 
Material charge (oil dry, oil absorbers):
(a) 
Daytime rate: $15.
(b) 
Night, weekends and holidays: $15.
(11) 
Miscellaneous services:
(a) 
Tire change:
[1] 
Daytime rate: $75.
[2] 
Night, weekends and holidays: $105.
(b) 
Battery/jump start:
[1] 
Daytime rate: $75.
[2] 
Night, weekends and holidays: $105.
(c) 
Gas/fluid delivery (plus gas costs):
[1] 
Daytime rate: $75.
[2] 
Night, weekends and holidays: $105.
(12) 
Storage:
(a) 
For trailers, box trucks, tractors (per unit/per day): $60.
(b) 
Storage inside: $55 daytime rate.
(c) 
Yard escort fee:
[1] 
Daytime rate: $45.
[2] 
Night, weekends and holidays: $85.
(13) 
Administration fee: $35 daytime rate; after three calls, additional.
(14) 
Rollovers:
(a) 
Equipment and manpower:
[1] 
Heavy-duty thirty-five-ton hydraulic wrecker with operator (wrecker used as crane): $600.
[2] 
Heavy-duty thirty-five-ton hydraulic wrecker with operator: $450.
[3] 
Heavy-duty twenty-five-ton hydraulic wrecker with operator (wrecker used as crane): $600.
[4] 
Heavy-duty twenty-five-ton hydraulic wrecker with operator: $450.
[5] 
Heavy-duty mechanical wrecker with operator: $350.
[6] 
Medium-duty hydraulic wrecker with operator: $400.
[7] 
Heavy-duty Rollback with operator: $285.
[8] 
Bobcat forklift with operator: $285.
[9] 
Tractor-trailer box unit with operator: $350.
[10] 
Tractor-trailer lowboy unit with operator: $400.
[11] 
Site coordinator, expert recovery man: $175.
[12] 
Base coordinator: $75.
[13] 
Extra man, straight time: $95.
[14] 
Extra man, overtime: $125.
(b) 
Extra equipment and material required: to be charged on an as-needed basis.
A. 
Every wrecker called by the Police Department shall keep a record of the name and address of the owner of the towed vehicle and shall file reports, as required by the Chief of Police, which shall include, but not be limited to, itemized towing and storage charges per vehicle. Immediately after towing the vehicle to his/her business establishment, where the vehicle is to be left in the safekeeping of the owner of the wrecker, the owner of the wrecker shall search the vehicle, make a list of all personal property contained therein and hold for safekeeping such property contained in the vehicle until claimed by the owner. The owner of said vehicle which has been towed pursuant to this section shall be permitted by the towing agency to recover items of personal property in the vehicle at the time it was towed. The owner shall not be permitted to remove from the vehicle any internal part of the vehicle, whether attached to the vehicle or not, including but not limited to batteries, tires and license plates.
B. 
No charge shall be made to the Township by the towing agency for towing to its police fleet and the changing of flat tires. The changing of flat tires will be handled by Public Works during normal working hours. Also, no charge shall be made to the Township for vehicles determined to be involved in a criminal investigation. The owner/operator shall be responsible for paying all fees associated with the removal and storage of the involved vehicle. All fees must be paid prior to the vehicle being released by the Police Department.
A. 
Minimum standards.
(1) 
All wreckers utilized by operators on the rotating list shall conform to the following minimum standards:
(a) 
Wreckers shall be equipped and of sufficient size, weight and configuration to safely tow all makes of domestic and foreign automobiles, light-duty trucks and vans.
(b) 
Wreckers shall be equipped with a rotating amber beacon light mounted above the cab as well as front and rear flashing hazard lights.
(c) 
Wreckers shall be equipped at all times with safety flares.
(d) 
The name, address and telephone number of the operator shall be permanently affixed to the left and right sides of each wrecker.
(2) 
All operators on the rotating list shall provide and maintain the following minimum equipment:
(a) 
Two light-duty towing vehicles (one of which may be a flatbed, rollback vehicle), with a minimum chassis rating of 11,000 pounds GVW, and a lifting device with a minimum capacity of four tons.
(b) 
Wreckers will be equipped with tow sling-type bars, with rubber straps, and wheel lifts, with safety straps for lifting, to prevent damage to towed vehicles, and steering locks for towing vehicles from the rear.
(3) 
All operators on the rotating list and all wreckers utilized shall comply and conform to the following standards and procedures:
(a) 
Operators shall, at all times, employ a sufficient number of employees to comply with the minimum operational requirements.
(b) 
All drivers of the operator shall be over the age of 18 years and must have a valid, current New Jersey State driver's license and shall be in good health and of high moral character.
(c) 
All employees shall be clean, neat, and make a good appearance. All employees of an operator will be required to wear in a place where visible driver's license photo IDs issued by the N.J. Motor Vehicle Commission.
(d) 
The operator shall be responsible for the towing of vehicles from all streets, alleys, public easements, thoroughfares, public or quasi-public places, including parks, playgrounds, including rivers, lakes and streams.
(e) 
In all underwater recoveries of a nonemergent nature (threats to life or public safety), it shall be the responsibility of the operator to be either certified or assisted by a N.J. certified underwater specialist for the proper towing of such vehicles.
(f) 
The operator shall respond promptly to all requests for towing services by the Township. In any event, the operator shall respond and be present at the towing location within 20 minutes of receipt of notice of the towing, unless heavy or unusual traffic conditions prevent the operator from arriving within such period. In that event, the operator will be given 10 additional minutes to arrive. If the operator fails to arrive promptly, the police may call the next operator on the rotating list.
(g) 
The operator shall be responsible for the towing of any disabled Township-owned vehicle, when requested by the Township, and, if required, the changing of tires on those vehicles. This service will be furnished to the Township for the minimum applicable towing fee not to exceed $50.
(h) 
The operator shall be responsible to cleanup all broken glass and debris at the scene of crashes and remove same from the scene. All vehicles must be equipped with a broom, shovel and container to remove debris.
(i) 
The operator shall have the right to utilize another operator on the rotating list to perform towing services, if the operator believes his equipment is inadequate or insufficient to accomplish the towing. In the event that another operator assists or performs the towing, the fees shall be those specified in this chapter.
(j) 
The operator shall prepare a bill for towing charges, for each vehicle towed, consistent with this chapter. Prior to the release of any vehicle, the owner shall contact the Washington Township Police Department for authorization to release said vehicle.
(k) 
The operator will maintain a written log of all towing services performed for the Township, through the use of the wrecker request forms, filled out by the responding police officer.
(4) 
All storage facilities utilized by the operators on the rotating list shall conform to the following standards and requirements:
(a) 
Operators shall have sufficient space to safely accommodate stored vehicles. This space must be adequately safeguarded against vandalism and theft, in which to hold towed vehicles of absent drivers or owners, until such time as said vehicles are claimed or are disposed of in accordance with the law.
(b) 
All storage facilities shall be owned, operated and/or under the control of the operator and shall be located within a five-mile radius of the Police Administration Building.
(c) 
No towed vehicle may be stored upon a public street or alley but must be stored by the operator within the storage area as hereinabove described.
(d) 
Operators shall be responsible for each vehicle in their storage facility until final disposition and removal, as ordered by the Township. All vehicles, regardless of condition, must be stored singly and so arranged to permit inspection and subsequent removal when sold.
(e) 
The operator shall remove and tow to the storage facility all vehicles, as directed by Washington Township Police Department, which are abandoned, illegally parked, disabled, involved in crashes or suspected of involvement in criminal activity. The determination to tow a vehicle which is abandoned, illegally parked, disabled, involved in a crash or suspected of criminal activity shall be made by the Washington Township Police Department, and the operator shall have no responsibility for such determination.
B. 
Storage facilities. The wrecker must maintain a storage facility for towed vehicles with the following requirements:
(1) 
The impoundment area must be visually screened from the highway.
(2) 
The facility must be secure. The contractor is responsible for safe storage.
(3) 
The storage area must be lighted from dusk to dawn.
(4) 
There shall be a sturdy six-foot fence with locks on gates.
(5) 
All vehicles will be stored in a facility within a five-mile radius of the Police Administration Building, in an area zoned for such use.
(6) 
Proof of ownership or lease of storage area must be submitted. Township-approved towing companies may not share the same storage facility. The storage facility, building and grounds must meet all zoning requirements.
(7) 
The storage lot will be at least 1/2 acre (21,780 square feet).
(8) 
Upon request for service, the tower must be able to respond to the incident with 20 minutes. The tower who fails to arrive on location in a timely fashion (within 20 minutes of receipt of the call) or fails to provide adequate service may be subject to deletion from the tow list upon recommendation from the Chief of Police.
(9) 
If the wrecker cannot or does not comply within the required time limit, then the next name on the list of wreckers shall be called.
C. 
Required towing equipment.
(1) 
One standard tow truck with underreach capabilities and one flatbed owned or leased, with:
(a) 
Three-eighths-inch safety chain.
(b) 
Detached lift chain and safety chain.
(c) 
That the vehicle to be used for towing has been properly licensed and inspected when applicable by the State of New Jersey and has the necessary stickers affixed or required insurance cab decals. No vehicle shall be licensed as a wrecker which is using dealer license plates or which has failed inspection.
(d) 
That the towing service vehicle is equipped with granular absorbent (oil dry or its equivalent) in a minimum amount equal to two forty-pound bags.
(e) 
Wreckers must be equipped with at least one three-hundred-sixty-degree amber light on top of the vehicle. Additional lighting equipment is acceptable. These lights must be maintained in good working order and must be used in accordance with state requirements. Permits for said lights must be obtained from the Division of Motor Vehicles. Wreckers must be suitably identified on each side with the name and address of the agency.
(f) 
Fluid spills. Spills resulting from motor vehicle crashes that are less than five gallons in volume or covering an area less than 10 feet by 10 feet will be mitigated by the tow agency. The tow agency shall be responsible for the proper disposal of any materials used in the cleanup of the vehicle fluids.
(g) 
While at the scene, any employee of the towing agency shall wear a safety vest or its equivalent bearing reflectorized material at nighttime and for daytime an orange vest, shirt or jacket.
(h) 
All drivers of the tow agency shall be over the age of 18 years and must have a valid, current New Jersey driver's license valid for the type of vehicle being driven. The license shall have no restrictions or conditional endorsements except condition requiring glasses, and the driver shall be in good health and of high moral character.
(i) 
The tow agency shall submit to the Township the names and addresses of all proposed drivers and employees who will be rendering service under this contract on behalf of the tow agency. This information will be kept current with the Chief of Police by the wrecker.
(j) 
The service equipment and personnel are subject to periodic inspections and approval by the Township. The Township reserves the right to have a qualified person or agency make such inspections.
(k) 
All wreckers and flatbeds shall be maintained in good condition, to include compliance with all regulations of New Jersey Revised Statutes, Title 39, and be available 24 hours a day when on call.
(2) 
The wrecker must provide one additional tow truck, either flatbed or standard, owned or leased, equipped as specified in Subsection C above.
(3) 
Proof of ownership or lease by the applicant of the required towing equipment must be submitted with the initial application. The same vehicle may not be used by more than one approved towing contractor.
(4) 
The wrecker is not permitted to subcontract for towing services.
D. 
Additional requirements.
(1) 
The tow agency's principal business must be staffed during business hours and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The agency shall maintain a clean and comfortable waiting room and toilet facilities.
(2) 
The tow agency shall not use answering machines or pagers to receive calls from the Police Department. Cell phones may be utilized but only with the approval of the Police Department.
(3) 
The tow agency shall notify the Police Department when unable to respond to a call or when unable to meet the response time requirement.
(4) 
The tow agency must post in a conspicuous manner a copy of the approved fee schedule. The tow agency shall notify the Police Department concerning any changes in employee status, including additions/deletions.
A. 
Any vehicle with a GVW of 26,001 pounds will be considered a heavy-duty vehicle. Any officer on the scene shall determine the immediate need/requirement for a heavy-duty wrecker. The officer will make notification to the next heavy-duty towing agency (HDTA) in the on-call rotation. The HDTA shall remove the vehicle and store it on its property, which may be located out of the Township. The HDTA shall comply with all the rules and regulations established by this chapter. Prior to being selected as a HDTA, the HDTA will provide all of the required documents of a tow agency applicant as stated in § 246-2.
B. 
The HDTA shall have at least two wreckers capable of righting, winching and towing vehicles up to 80,000 pounds. The wreckers shall have underreach capability of at least 35,000 pounds and a boom capability of 50,000 pounds. The HDTA will respond to the scene within 30 minutes of receipt of a call. If the HDTA does not respond within the required time limit, then the Police Department shall notify the next HDTA in the rotation to respond to the scene.
C. 
Additional requirements:
(1) 
At this time the heavy-duty tow agency's principal business location need not be in Washington Township. The HDTA must have a storage facility within a five-mile radius of the Police Administration Building. The location must be staffed during business hours and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The agency shall maintain a clean and comfortable waiting room and toilet facilities.
(2) 
The HDTA shall not use answering machines or pagers to receive calls from the Police Department. Cell phones may be utilized, but only with the approval of the Police Department.
(3) 
The HDTA shall notify the Police Department when unable to respond to a call or when unable to meet the response time requirement.
(4) 
The HDTA must post in a conspicuous manner a copy of the approved fee schedule. The tow agency shall notify the Police Department concerning any changes in employee status, including additions/deletions.
D. 
The Division of Police shall at all times have the right to call more than one wrecker from the prepared list and in the correct rotation order where there is more than one vehicle impairing traffic.
E. 
The next name on the list of wreckers shall be called even if another wrecker which is on the list is closer to a vehicle. This wrecker so called must be able to respond to the scene within 30 minutes. If the wrecker cannot or does not comply within the required time limit, the police may call the next HDTA on the towing list.
F. 
If, for any reason, after not having made arrangements with the Division of Police for a substitute tower authorized to act under the provisions of this chapter, the tower for that week fails to answer a call for a tow, said tower shall forfeit the remainder of his towing week's schedule.
G. 
No wrecker on said list shall be permitted to lease, assign, transfer or subcontract its duties, responsibilities or rotation on said list to another wrecker.
Prior to the issuance of any contract, the Chief of Police or his designee shall conduct an inspection of the storage facility and towing equipment to verify compliance with this section.
A. 
The Chief of Police shall have the power to suspend a towing agency from the rotational duty service list for up to 30 calendar days for failure to comply with any section of this chapter. A subsequent violation may result in the removal of the towing agency from the rotational duty service list for a period of one year. A towing agency may appeal the Chief's ruling of either a suspension or removal by filing a written notice of appeal with the Township Clerk within 10 business days of the Chief's decision. A hearing shall be held by the Township Council or its designee within 30 business days of filing. The Township Council or its designee shall render its determination within 20 business days following the conclusion of the hearing.
B. 
Failure of the towing agency to comply with applicable zoning and land use ordinances and/or property maintenance codes may subject the towing agency to suspension from the rotational duty service list upon request to the Chief of Police from the appropriate zoning/property maintenance officer. Any towing agency suspended from the rotational duty service list shall have the right to an appeal set forth in Subsection A above.
C. 
Complaints of any kind relative to service, overcharging, theft of parts, damage to towed or stored vehicles, discourteous treatment and the like shall be referred to the Chief of Police for investigation and recommendation to the Township Administrator, if necessary. Such complaints may be cause for termination of the tower's services and removal from the rotation list by the Township Administrator. Any such termination shall be subject to an appeal set forth in Subsection A above.
All complaints regarding services rendered pursuant to this chapter shall be forwarded immediately in writing to the Chief of Police. The Chief of Police shall conduct an extensive review of any and all complaints, including but not limited to conducting an interview of all parties participating in said incident. Upon completion of a thorough review, the Chief of Police shall forward a written report to the Mayor, Township Council and all interested parties as to his/her findings. Upon a finding of any violation, the Chief of Police may recommend a suspension or removal from the tow list or any other action that may be warranted based upon the facts. An applicant on the list may not be suspended or removed from the list unless it has been advised of its right to a hearing before the Township Council.
A. 
Each wrecker shall be deemed to have taken possession of motor vehicles towed in accordance with this chapter, other than abandoned motor vehicles towed at the request of the Chief of Police or his designee, under the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:10A-1 and N.J.S.A. 39:4-56.5.
B. 
It shall be the responsibility of the wrecker to notify the registered owner, or any other person having a legal interest therein, within 10 days of having towed said vehicles or rendered any other service thereto, of the location of the vehicle, the service rendered by the wrecker, the charge for such service and the time within which the motor vehicle must be collected, said period for collection not to exceed 10 days.
C. 
Upon the expiration of 60 days after the time to collect the motor vehicle as set forth in Subsection B has expired, the wrecker shall either sell the vehicle at a private sale or cause a junk title certificate to be issued for the motor vehicle in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey, specifically N.J.S.A. 39:10A-8 et seq., a copy of said title to be kept by the applicant.
D. 
Any notification required in this chapter shall be in writing, sent by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, to the last known address of the person to whom the notice is to be given.
E. 
Upon request by the wrecker, the Washington Township Police Department shall perform all searches with the Division of Motor Vehicles to determine ownership and the last known address of the title owner to the vehicle in question.
F. 
At any time prior to the sale of the motor vehicle or the issuance of a junk title certificate therefor, the owner of the motor vehicle may reclaim possession of the motor vehicle from the wrecker upon payment of the towing services as set forth herein and the expense of storage of the motor vehicle.
G. 
Upon the expiration of the time periods provided in this section, the wrecker shall be subject to a fine in the amount of $25 per day per car, said fine not to exceed $100 per day per car, unless the wrecker has initiated application for junk title or sold said vehicle and has submitted proof of the same to the Chief of Police of Washington Township.
A. 
Any disputes over the interpretation of this chapter, including the reasonableness of any fees assessed, shall be settled amicably, if possible, through negotiations between the tower, the Police Department and the Township Administrator.
B. 
In cases where the Township has been at fault in wrongfully directing that a vehicle be towed, the tower may petition the Township Administrator for reimbursement of costs incurred in the towing and storage of said vehicle.
Any vehicle found abandoned and removed by a licensed operator, and unclaimed by the owner, may be subject to sale at public auction, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 39:10A-1, et seq. The licensed operator shall notify the Chief of Police of the make, model and vehicle identification number of any towed vehicle held in storage which remains unclaimed for 30 days or more.