[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee (now Mayor and Council) of the Township of North Brunswick 11-3-1975. Amendments noted where applicable.]
For the purposes of this chapter, the terms used herein are defined as follows:
- A machine propelled by power other than human power and designated to travel along the ground by the use of wheels, treads, runners or slides and to transport persons or property or pull machinery, and shall include, without limitation, automobiles, trucks, trailers, motorcycles, tractors, buggies and wagons.
- Any real property within the Township which is not a street or highway.
No person shall abandon any vehicle within the Township and no person shall leave any vehicle at any place within the Township for a period of time and under circumstances which cause the vehicle to appear to be abandoned.
No person shall leave any partially dismantled, nonoperating, wrecked or junked vehicle on a street or highway within the Township.
[Amended 11-18-2002 by Ord. No. 02-40]
No person in charge or control of any property within the Township, whether as owner, tenant occupant, lessee or otherwise, shall allow any substantially dismantled, wrecked, junked or discarded vehicle or vehicles to remain on the property longer than 14 days, and no person shall leave any such vehicle or vehicles on any public road or right-of-way; except that this section prohibiting parking on private property shall not apply to the following:
Lawfully operated junkyards or autobody collision repair shops; or
To a vehicle in an enclosed building; or
A vehicle on the premises of a business enterprise operated in a lawful manner when necessary to the operation of such business enterprise; or
A vehicle in an appropriate storage place or depository maintained in a lawful place and manner by the Township; or
A vehicle that has received a motor vehicle repair permit from the Code Enforcement Office in accordance with the following:
Such permit shall be valid for a period not to exceed three months.
Said permit shall be issued upon receipt by the Code Enforcement Officer of a repair schedule submitted by the owner of the vehicle.
In no event no such vehicle shall be stored or located closer to the street line than both the actual front building line of the dwelling on the property and the actual front building line of the building on the lot adjacent to such storage area.
The location shall comply with all side yard and rear yard setback requirements applicable to accessory structures for that zone.
Vehicle parts, including but not limited to engines, tires and body parts, shall not be left out uncovered overnight.
Such vehicle shall be parked on an improved surface maintained in a weed-free condition.
[Added 11-18-2002 by Ord. No. 02-40]
Any owner or occupant of a property devoted to a residential use shall be permitted to maintain on the residential premises one nonoperating vehicle subject to the following conditions:
The Chief of Police or any member of the Police Department designated by him is authorized to remove or have removed any vehicle left at any place within the Township which reasonably appears to be in violation of this section, or lost, stolen or unclaimed. Such vehicle shall be impounded until lawfully claimed or disposed of in accordance with applicable statutes. The Chief of Police, or any member of the Police Department acting for him, shall notify the registered and legal owner in writing by personal service or by certified mail, at the last known address of the owner, of the removal of the vehicle, the reason for its removal and the location of the vehicle. The vehicle shall be retained and impounded until the owner or his duly authorized agent pays the cost of the taking and removal, together with a garage charge of $2 for each day the vehicle is retained and impounded.
Penalties. In addition to the revisions set forth in the Subsection A of this section, any person violating or failing to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,250 or by imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days, or both such fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the judge for each day of the violation. For any subsequent conviction within one year of a prior conviction for a violation of this chapter, the minimum fine for such subsequent violation shall be $600. The continuation of a violation on each successive day shall constitute a separate offense and may be the basis for punishment as provided for each separate offense.
[Added 5-17-1976; amended 11-18-2002 by Ord. No. 02-40]
It shall be the responsibility of the Division of Code Enforcement to enforce the provisions of this chapter if the vehicle is located an private property and the responsibility of the Department of Public Safety to enforce this chapter as to vehicles located an public streets.
[Added 11-18-2002 by Ord. No. 02-40]