City of Amsterdam, NY
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Amsterdam 7-6-2004. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Taxicabs — See Ch. 217.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 228.
Junked and abandoned vehicles — See Ch. 232.
[Amended 3-18-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-3; 8-16-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-7; 2-4-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-1; 11-5-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-10]
Towing fees shall be as follows:
A. 
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: $80.
B. 
Monday through Friday, nights 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.: $100.
C. 
Weekend rate, Friday, 5:00 p.m. through Monday, 8:00 a.m.: $125.
D. 
Surcharge. A storage surcharge of $25 will be levied on all vehicle storage resulting from violating any provision of the Amsterdam City Code, a declared state of emergency, or New York State Statute. Said surcharge will be collected by and paid to the City of Amsterdam. No tow service shall release any vehicle until they receive receipted proof that the surcharge has been paid.
A. 
There will be no storage fees in the first 24 hours on weekdays.
B. 
Daily storage fee: $50. This fee shall also apply to any vehicle held on City of Amsterdam property at the direction of the Amsterdam Police Department or any other city department as a result of violating any provision of the Amsterdam City Code, a declared state of emergency, or New York State Statute.
[Amended 3-18-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-3; 12-20-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-10]
C. 
If a vehicle is towed on Friday or a weekend, there will be no storage fees until after the first full business day.
D. 
Surcharge. A storage surcharge of $25 will be levied on all vehicle storage resulting from violating any provision of the Amsterdam City Code, a declared state of emergency, or New York State Statute. Said surcharge will be collected by the storage facility and paid to the City of Amsterdam within 30 days of collection. No storage facility shall release any vehicle until it has collected the surcharge and issued a receipt to the payee.
[Added 12-20-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-10]
A tow service must have a flatbed and wheel lift tow truck equipped with tow chains, a fire extinguisher, broom and shovel, as well as lock-out tools.
A tow service must have a towing insurance policy in the amount of $1,000,000 for overall coverage. Yearly verification of policy renewal must be presented to the City Clerk.
Response time shall be as follows:
A. 
Days: 15 minutes.
B. 
Nights: 25 minutes.
C. 
Towers must be available 24 hours a day.
[Amended 12-20-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-10]
A tow service must submit copies of on-call tow fees charged and surcharges collected upon request.
Debris at a crash site must be cleaned pursuant to New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.
[Amended 2-6-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-1; 12-18-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-15]
A twenty-four-hour on-call tow service must be a New York State registered repair shop and such shop must be located within the physical boundaries of the City of Amsterdam and must conduct business from such location. Additionally, on-call tow services must reasonably accommodate tow service customer requests by delivering towed vehicle to a registered repair shop of customer's choice within a five-mile radius of the City of Amsterdam.
A gas can for motorists must be available, and a vehicle should not be towed if out of gas. The fee shall be $35 for days and $45 for nights.
The tow service will change flat tires for motorists instead of towing. The fee shall be $35 for days and $45 for nights.
When the on-call tow service is not available, the tow will go to the next on-call operator on the City tow list.
In the event of an unusual towing situation such as cargo dumped on the roadway, vehicle in the river or over an embankment, which would require extra labor, the tow operator will be allowed to charge for the additional labor and time at going local rates.
Upon passage of these rules by the Common Council, City tow operators will be required to provide copies of insurance documents to comply with § 219-4 above, proof that the tow service is a New York State registered repair shop, and copies of New York State registration documents for the tow vehicles required.