Township of Ocean, NJ
Ocean County
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[HISTORY: Derived from § 5-7 of the 1972 Ocean Codified Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Junkyards — See Ch. 197.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 385.

§ 379-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms are defined:
PROPERTY
Any real property within the Township which is not a street or highway.
STREET or HIGHWAY
The entire width between the boundary lines of every way maintained, when any part thereof is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel.
VEHICLE
Machine propelled by other than human power designed to travel along the ground by use of wheels, treads, runners or slides, and to transport persons or property or pull machinery, including, but not by way of limitation, an automobile, truck, trailer, motorcycle, tractor, buggy and wagon.

§ 379-2 Abandonment of vehicles prohibited.

No person shall abandon a vehicle within the Township and no person shall leave a vehicle at any place within the Township for such time and under such circumstances as to cause the vehicle to reasonably appear to be abandoned.

§ 379-3 Leaving of wrecked, nonoperating vehicles on street prohibited.

No person shall leave any partially dismantled, nonoperating, wrecked or junked vehicle on a street or highway within the Township.

§ 379-4 Disposition of wrecked or discarded vehicles.

No person in charge or control of property within the Township, whether as owner, tenant, occupant, lessee, or otherwise, shall allow partially dismantled, nonoperating, wrecked, junked, or discarded vehicles to remain on the property longer than 48 hours and no person shall leave such vehicle on any property within the Township for longer time than 48 hours. This section shall not apply to a vehicle in an enclosed building; a vehicle on the premises of business enterprise operated in a lawful place and manner when necessary to the operation of the business enterprise; or a vehicle in an appropriate storage place or depository maintained in a lawful place and manner by the Township.

§ 379-5 Impounding.

[Amended by Ord. No. 2002-18]
The Chief of Police or any member of the Police Department designated by him/her is authorized to remove or have removed any vehicle left at any place within the Township which appears to be present in violation of this chapter. 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/her, 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 the vehicle, the reason for the removal, and the location of the vehicle. The vehicle shall be retained and impounded until the owner or his/her authorized agent pays the cost of such taking and removal of $38 as well as the cost of storage for each day the vehicle is retained and impounded by the Municipal Police Department. The storage charge shall be $18 per day for unsecured storage and $40 per day for secured storage.