Township of Upper Gwynedd, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Upper Gwynedd 12-27-1983 by Ord. No. 83-26. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 185.

§ 181-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLE
Includes, without exception, any motor vehicle as to which one or more of the following conditions exists:
A. 
A motor vehicle for which a certificate of junk has been issued by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles of the Department of Revenue of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
B. 
A motor vehicle whose engine or any essential or material part thereof has been removed for more than seven days, except if stored at an automobile repair agency or garage.
C. 
A motor vehicle, one or more of whose tires has been flat or one or more of whose wheels has been removed for more than seven days.
D. 
A motor vehicle bearing no current Pennsylvania inspection sticker or which does not meet the inspection requirements of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
E. 
A motor vehicle bearing no current registration or license tag, except if stored on the premises of a licensed automobile dealer.
F. 
A motor vehicle whose doors and windows are not intact or cannot be securely closed.
G. 
A motor vehicle damaged by collision to such an extent that it is inoperable, except if stored at an automobile repair agency or garage.
H. 
A motor vehicle in such condition or situated in such circumstances as to cause such vehicle reasonably to appear to have been abandoned.
ANTIQUE MOTOR VEHICLE
A motor vehicle, but not a reproduction thereof, manufactured more than 25 years prior to the current year, which has been maintained in and restored to a condition which is substantially in conformance with manufacturer's specifications.
CLASSIC MOTOR VEHICLE
A self-propelled vehicle, but not a reproduction thereof, manufactured more than 10 years prior to the current year and, because of discontinued production and limited availability, determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to be a model or make of significant value to collectors or exhibitors and which has been maintained in or restored to a condition which is substantially in conformity with manufacturer's specifications and appearance.
MOTOR VEHICLE
Any motor vehicle, trailer or semitrailer as defined by the Vehicle Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.[1]
REPAIRABLE VEHICLE
Any vehicle in or on which is found any of the conditions specified under the definition of "abandoned vehicle" and has been registered with the Township of Upper Gwynedd as a vehicle that will be repaired, properly licensed and inspected within 120 days from time of registration.
[1]
Editor's Note: See 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 101 et seq.

§ 181-2 Storage of abandoned motor vehicles restricted.

The possession, keeping or storing of an abandoned motor vehicle on any public street, alley or any other place in the Township other than in a fully enclosed building is hereby prohibited, except in a duly licensed junkyard or in an impounding garage or lot authorized by Upper Gwynedd Township for storage of abandoned motor vehicles.

§ 181-3 Violations and penalties.

A. 
Any person or persons, firm or corporation who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter, upon conviction thereof, shall be liable to pay a fine or penalty not to exceed $1,000 plus costs of prosecution for each and every offense. All fines and penalties imposed by this chapter are recoverable by summary proceedings before the Magisterial District Judge, and all suits or actions at law instituted for the recovery thereof are to be in the name and for the use of Upper Gwynedd Township, against which the offenses are committed. In default of payment of any fine or penalty imposed by any Magisterial District Judge under the provisions of this chapter, the person or persons so offending may be committed to the Montgomery County Prison for a period not exceeding 30 days.
[Amended 11-23-1992 by Ord. No. 92-15[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
B. 
Each day a violation is committed shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punishable as such hereunder.
C. 
This section shall not preclude the Township from any other remedy it may have at law or equity.