[HISTORY: Adopted by Board of Trustees of the Charter Township of Northville 7-11-1991 as Ch. 53 of the Code of Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Uniform Traffic Code — See Ch. 166.
Pursuant to Section 8395 of the Revised Judicature Act, State of Michigan, as amended by Public Act 74, of 1984, as amended, being MCL 257.742, the Parking Violations Bureau is hereby established for the Charter Township of Northville. The Parking Violations Bureau shall be under the supervision and control of the Township Supervisor.
The Supervisor shall, subject to the approval of the Township Board, establish a convenient location for the Parking Violations Bureau, appoint qualified Township employees to administer the Bureau and adopt rules and regulations for the operation thereof.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- PARKING VIOLATIONS
- The Bureau established by this chapter for the processing of all civil infractions involving the parking or standing of a motor vehicle within the Charter Township of Northville.
- PARKING VIOLATIONS NOTICE
- A notice, other than a citation, directing a person to appear at the Parking Violations Bureau and to pay the fines and costs, if any, prescribed by the ordinances of the Charter Township of Northville for the parking or standing of a motor vehicle in violation of said ordinance.
In a civil infraction involving the parking or standing of a motor vehicle, a copy of the parking violation notice need not be served personally upon the defendant, but may be served upon the registered owner of the motor vehicle by attaching the copy to the vehicle. Such parking violation notice may be issued by either an officer of the Charter Township of Northville or by any other Township employee duly authorized by the Township Board to issue such a notice.
The issuance of the parking violation notice shall be deemed an allegation of a parking violation. Such parking violation notice shall set forth the nature of the offense and the date, time and location of the offense. In addition, the parking violation notice shall also indicate the length of time in which the person to whom the same was issued must respond before the Parking Violations Bureau. It shall also indicate the address of the Bureau, the hours during which the Bureau is opened, the amount of the penalty scheduled for the offense for which the parking violation notice was issued, and advise that a civil infraction will be sought if such a person fails to respond within the time limited.
No violation may be settled at the Parking Violations Bureau except at the specific request of the alleged violator. No penalty for any violation shall be accepted from any person who denied having committed the offense, and in no case shall the person who is in charge of the Bureau determine, or attempt to determine, the truth or falsity of any fact or matter relating to such alleged violation. No person shall be required to dispose of a parking violation at the Parking Violations Bureau, and all persons shall be entitled to have such violation processed before a court having jurisdiction thereof if they so desire. The unwillingness of any person to dispose of any violation at the Parking Violations Bureau shall not prejudice him/her or in any way diminish the rights, privileges and protections accorded to him/her by law.
If a parking violation notice is attached to a motor vehicle, and if an admission of responsibility is not made and the civil fines and cost, if any, for the violation are not paid at the Parking Violations Bureau, a citation may be filed with the court having competent jurisdiction thereof, and a copy of the citation may be served by first class mail upon the registered owner of the vehicle at the owner's last known address. The citation shall consist of a sworn complaint containing the allegations stated in the parking violation notice and shall fairly inform the defendant how to respond to the citation. Thereafter, the citation for the parking or standing violation shall be processed in the same manner as provided in Public Act 510 of 1978, as amended (MCL 257.6a et seq).
The amount of fines for parking and standing violations processed by the Parking Violations Bureau shall be as follows:
Prohibited/posted sign violations: Refer to 35th District Court schedule of fines.
Handicap parking violations: Refer to 35th District Court schedule of fines.
Hines parks parking/standing violation: Refer to 35th District Court schedule of fines.
Fire lane violations: Refer to 35th District Court schedule of fines.
All other parking violations: Refer to 35th District Court schedule of fines.
In the event that a recipient of a handicap parking violation failed to display a handicap parking permit, that he or she lawfully could use, that individual may appear at the Parking Violations Bureau prior to requesting a court hearing at the 35th District Court and pay a violation fee for failure to display handicap parking permit in the amount of $15. If the recipient of a handicap parking violation requests a court date and failed to display a handicap parking permit, then the fine established in the 35th District Court fee schedule shall be applicable for handicap parking violations.