Borough of Spotswood, NJ
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Derived from Sec. 6-4 of the 1969 Revised General Ordinances of the Borough of Spotswood (adopted by the Borough Council 5-11-1970 by Ord. No. 278, as amended through 9-94). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
General penalty — See Ch. 1, Art. II.
Junkyards — See Ch. 117.

§ 196-1 Definitions.

The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and enforcement of this chapter:
PROPERTY
Any real property within the Borough which is not a street or highway.
VEHICLE
A machine propelled by power other than human power and designed to travel along the ground by use of wheels, treads, runners or slides and to transport persons or property or pull machinery; and shall include without limitation automobile, truck, trailer, motorcycle, tractor, buggy and wagon.

§ 196-2 Abandonment of vehicles prohibited.

No persons shall abandon any vehicle within the Borough, and no person shall leave any vehicle at any place within the Borough for a period of time and under circumstances which cause the vehicle to appear to be abandoned.

§ 196-3 Leaving of wrecked, nonoperating vehicles on street prohibited.

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

§ 196-4 Disposition and storage of vehicles on private property.

A. 
No person in charge or control of any property within the Borough, whether as owner, tenant, occupant, lessee, or otherwise, shall allow any partially dismantled, nonoperating, wrecked, junked, or discarded vehicles to remain on the property longer than 48 hours; and no person shall leave any such vehicle on any property within the Borough for a longer time than 48 hours, except that this subsection shall not apply to a vehicle in an enclosed building.
B. 
Vehicles on the premises of an existing business enterprise operated in a lawful place and manner, when necessary to its operation, for the purpose of a vehicle service station or motor vehicle or auto body repair garage shall be limited to the number of vehicles kept or stored overnight out-of-doors on the premises as follows:
(1) 
No more than 10 vehicles shall be permitted to be kept or stored overnight in an out-of-doors unfenced area at any one time, except that vehicles without current motor vehicle registration, partially dismantled vehicles, any vehicles with exterior damage shall not be permitted to be kept or stored in an unfenced area at any time.
(2) 
A vehicle on the premises for a period in excess of the 10 days permitted in Subsection A above, a vehicle without current motor vehicle registration, partially dismantled vehicles, and vehicles with exterior damage may be stored on the premises for a period not to exceed 90 days only when kept or stored in an area on the premises completely surrounded by a fence. The fence shall be at least six feet in height, provided with a grate or gates, and aisles for ingress and egress. The fence shall be of a type that will obscure the view through the fence.
(3) 
Each vehicle received where out-of-doors, overnight storage is contemplated shall be logged as to the date received and identification of the vehicle. A service tag on each vehicle containing such information shall satisfy this requirement.

§ 196-5 Impounding.

A. 
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 Borough which reasonably appears to be in violation of this chapter, or lost, stolen or unclaimed. Such vehicle shall be impounded until lawfully claimed or disposed of in accordance with applicable statutes.
B. 
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.
C. 
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.