[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Knowlton by Ord. No. 89-20 (Ch. XVI of the Revised General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
In order to engage in municipal towing services within the Township of Knowlton, all contractors, businesses and garages shall be so authorized and appointed by the Township Committee of the Township of Knowlton and shall meet the following liability insurance qualifications to engage in the municipal towing services:
All such operators shall possess a current garage keeper's legal liability insurance policy, which shall cover fire, theft and explosion in a minimum amount of $75,000 and collision coverage of $10,000, with a maximum deductible provision of not greater than $1,000. Said policy shall insure that every accident insuring the operator shall be deemed a separate claim.
The towing operator shall also provide a garage operator general public liability policy covering the operation of the towing business equipment in the amount of $500,000 and automobile bodily injury liability and property damage in a minimum amount of $100,000 for any one injury or accident and $300,000 for more than any one personal injury and in any one accident.
In addition, the operator shall provide property damage coverage in the minimum amount of $10,000 for any and all damages arising out of injury or destruction to property.
All policies of insurance shall have a duplicate copy, and the duplicate shall be furnished to the Township Clerk. Each policy shall contain a specific endorsement providing notice to the Township of Knowlton in the event of any change or cancellation. The garage operator or towing service company shall provide a certificate of insurance or an endorsement naming the Township of Knowlton as an additional insured thereon and shall further provide a Hold Harmless and Indemnification Agreement, by policy endorsement or separate document, in a form acceptable to the Township.
All towing operators authorized under this chapter shall have sufficient and approved storage area, within a reasonable distance from the Township, to store not less than five towed vehicles. All towing operators must maintain inside storage space for any vehicle impounded by the New Jersey State Police to be used in any criminal case and shall further provide outside storage facilities for other towed vehicles, which shall be in a protected area approved by the Township Committee.
No towing operator shall use any Township insignia, logo or other identification and shall not possess or exhibit flashing lights on any vehicle, except as provided in N.J.S.A. 39:1-1 et seq.
Each towing operator shall supply to the Township of Knowlton a list of any and all equipment, either owned or leased, in its possession for the adequate performance of municipal towing services. The equipment available shall be capable of towing all types of motor vehicles, including but not limited to trucks, trailers, automobiles, buses and other motor vehicles capable of removal by towing. In the event that any towing operator changes his equipment, the operator shall be obligated to notify the Township, in writing, of any such change in the amount of types of equipment that it may possess so that the Township can determine whether or not the towing operator remains qualified for municipal towing services.
All towing operators shall be available or on call on a weekly basis to tow disabled motor vehicles on a rotating daily basis so that each tower shall be available or on call for a twenty-four-hour period. This twenty-four-hour on-call towing period shall be rotated among all towing operators, as determined by the amount of the Township approved operators. In the event that a towing operator refuses to respond to a call within the on-call period, then, and in that event, the towing operator shall be denied the right to be on call for the next scheduled weekly period. Failure by the towing operator to respond shall be excused when said failure is beyond the control of the operator and said evidence is supplied to substantiate the failure to respond.
The Township Committee hereby designates the Knowlton Township Committee as its agent to supervise and enforce the terms and provisions of this chapter.
All fees to be paid to any towing operator by the Township of Knowlton for the storage or removal of motor vehicles by the Township shall not exceed the sum provided under N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.50.
Each operator shall be bound to comply with the separate specifications for towing and storage of impounded motor vehicles for the Township of Knowlton, which specifications set forth all particulars defining and limiting said towing operations and defining the bidder's qualifications, operators, employees obligations, removing and storing of abandoned motor vehicles, charges for services, indemnification and insurance, business records, inspections, contract period, awards of contract, forms and other qualifications adopted by the Knowlton Township Committee and which are specifically incorporated herein by reference and adopted as a condition of this chapter and made a part hereof without specifically including the text of the entire specifications herein. Specifications for towing operators are available from the Township Clerk and may be amended from time to time by the Township Committee.