City of Camden, NJ
Camden County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Camden 12-24-1974 as Ord. No. MC-946; amended in its entirety 7-25-1985 by Ord. No. MC-2139. Section 548-2A amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES

Auctions — See Ch. 141.

Garbage, rubbish and refuse — See Ch. 266.

Junkyards — See Ch. 320.

Parking lots — See Ch. 386.

Property maintenance — See Ch. 418.

Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 491.

Towing services — See Ch. 531.

Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 553.

Sale of vehicles — See Ch. 558.

§ 548-1
Bureau of Abandoned and Unclaimed Vehicles created. 

§ 548-2
Identification of abandoned vehicles; impoundment. 

§ 548-3
Sale of vehicles and property remaining unclaimed. 

§ 548-4
Use of proceeds from sale. 

§ 548-5
Vehicles with unpaid parking tickets. 

§ 548-6
Reclaiming of impounded vehicles upon payment of costs. 

§ 548-7
Reclamation costs. 

§ 548-8
Owners and lessors reclaiming vehicles used without consent. 

§ 548-9
Junk title for old vehicles. 

§ 548-10
Scrap vehicles. 

§ 548-11
Sale of vehicles without title certificates. 

§ 548-12
Liability of city for vehicles sold. 

§ 548-13
Other penalties allowed. 

§ 548-1 Bureau of Abandoned and Unclaimed Vehicles created.

A. 

There shall be created a Bureau of Abandoned and Unclaimed Vehicles within the Department of Administration and Finance.

B. 

The head of the Bureau shall be the Business Administrator or his designee.

C. 

The powers of the Bureau may be performed by employees of the Department of Administration designated by the Business Administrator or an agent acting under a contract approved by the Council. Said Bureau shall be vested with the authority to enforce any and all ordinances providing for towing, immobilizing and impounding of abandoned and unclaimed vehicles and the collection of all fees and fines therein.

§ 548-2 Identification of abandoned vehicles; impoundment.

Any motor vehicle which is unclaimed and/or abandoned within the City of Camden is hereby declared to be a nuisance and the same may be summarily abated by the removal thereof and impoundment thereof, as follows:

A. 

Upon discovery of a vehicle suspected of being unclaimed or abandoned by the proper official, a sticker, stating that this vehicle shall be deemed to be abandoned and unclaimed if not removed within 48 hours, shall be affixed to such vehicle.

Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.

B. 

Upon discovery of a motor vehicle found unclaimed and abandoned by the Division of Police or Bureau of Abandoned and Unclaimed Vehicles, the taking of possession shall be reported immediately to the Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles of the State of New Jersey on a form prescribed by said Director for verification of ownership.

C. 

Upon discovery of a motor vehicle suspected to be unclaimed and abandoned by the Division of Police of Bureau of Abandoned and Unclaimed Vehicles and prior to taking possession of said motor vehicle, the Division of Police or Bureau of Abandoned and Unclaimed Vehicles shall report immediately to the Director of Motor Vehicles of the State of New Jersey on a form provided by the Director for verification of ownership. If, after the allotted time as outlined in § 548-2A and after notification in writing by certified mail to the owner of said vehicle, he has not voluntarily removed said vehicle, said vehicle may be removed under the direction or at the request of any authorized official of the City of Camden by means of towing or otherwise to a pound as designated by the Business Administrator of the City of Camden or his appointee within the Bureau of Abandoned and Unclaimed Vehicles.

§ 548-3 Sale of vehicles and property remaining unclaimed.

A. 

When an impounded motor vehicle shall have remained unclaimed by the owner or other person having legal right thereof for a period of 30 days, the same may be sold at auction in a public place. The Bureau of Abandoned and Unclaimed Vehicles shall give notice of such sale, by certified mail, to the owner, if his name and address be known, and to the holder of any security interest filed with the Director of Motor Vehicles by one insertion, at least five days before the date of sale, in the official city newspaper, describing said vehicle with reasonable clarity by manufacturer's trade name or make, motor number and license number and stating therein the name of any owner or any holder of a security interest, if known. Furthermore, all sales shall be made in conformity with the applicable statutes of the State of New Jersey.

B. 

Any tangible personal property found within said vehicle shall be turned over to the Division of Police for disposition of sale pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-157.

§ 548-4 Use of proceeds from sale.

Any proceeds obtained from the sale of a vehicle at public auction in excess of the amount owed to the city or operator of the impound lot for the costs of removal and storage of the motor vehicle, any fines, penalties and court costs assessed against the owner of the vehicle for a violation that gave rise to the impoundment or immobilization of the vehicle and any outstanding warrants against the motor vehicle shall be returned to the owner of the vehicle if his address and name are known.

A. 

The owner of the vehicle is also responsible for any fine or penalty or court costs assessed against him for rendering such vehicle as unclaimed and abandoned.

B. 

Any fines, penalties and charges derived herein shall be made payable to "Treasurer, City of Camden." Said person shall sign a written receipt for said vehicle. In the event that the City Treasurer's office shall be closed for any reason, all fines, penalties and charges shall be paid to the central complaint office of the Division of Police, and said moneys shall then be forwarded to the Treasurer of the City of Camden.

§ 548-5 Vehicles with unpaid parking tickets.

Vehicles located within the City of Camden which are identified as having unpaid parking tickets against them may be impounded or immobilized by the city at the owner's expense.

A. 

If the outstanding warrants are not paid by 12:00 midnight on the thirtieth day following the day upon which the vehicle was impounded or immobilized, the vehicle may be sold at a public auction. The city shall give notice of the sale, by certified mail, to the owner, if his name and address are known, and to the holder of any security interest filed with the Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles and by publication in one or more newspapers published in this state and circulating in the city, at least five days before the date of the sale.

B. 

Any tangible personal property found within said motor vehicle shall be turned over to the Division of Police for disposition of sale pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-157.

C. 

All impoundments and immobilizations and sales therefrom shall be made in conformity with the applicable statutes of the State of New Jersey.

§ 548-6 Reclaiming of impounded vehicles upon payment of costs.

At any time prior to the sale, the owner of the motor vehicle or other person entitled to the motor vehicle may reclaim possession of the motor vehicle upon payment of the costs of removal and storage of the motor vehicle. Additionally, the fines, penalties and court costs assessed against the owner of the motor vehicle which gave rise to the impoundment or immobilization thereof must also be paid.

§ 548-7 Reclamation costs.

A. 

The reclamation costs for the towing, impoundment and storage of the vehicle, if performed directly by the city or its employees, are as follows:

(1) 

Towing.

(a) 

Autos: $30.

(b) 

Trucks and vans: $30.

(c) 

Cycles: $30.

(2) 

Storage fees per vehicle.

(a) 

First day.

[1] 

Autos: no charge.

[2] 

Trucks and vans: no charge.

[3] 

Cycles: no charge.

(b) 

Second day through 31st day.

[1] 

Autos: $4 per day.

[2] 

Trucks and vans: $4 per day.

[3] 

Cycles: $4 per day.

(c) 

Each additional day.

[1] 

Autos: $3 per day.

[2] 

Trucks and vans: $3 per day.

[3] 

Cycles: $3 per day.

B. 

However, if towing, impoundment and storage services are provided by a private contractor who has been awarded the contract as the result of public bidding conditions pursuant to the provisions of the Local Public Contracts Law, then the reclamation costs shall be those provided for in the contract between the city and the private contractor.

§ 548-8 Owners and lessors reclaiming vehicles used without consent.

Owners and lessors of motor vehicles who can show that the vehicle was used without their consent or who can show that the vehicle was under the operation of a lessee at the time of the violation and who provide the city with the proper address of the lessee shall be entitled to reclaim possession without payment, and the lessee shall be liable for any costs, fines, penalties, court costs and outstanding warrants against the vehicle.

§ 548-9 Junk title for old vehicles.

When any motor vehicle within the City of Camden which has been deemed by any member of the Division of Police or by any person so designated or appointed within the Bureau of Abandoned and Unclaimed Vehicles or by the Business Administrator to be unclaimed or abandoned within the City of Camden is six years or older, the Business Administrator or his appointee within the Bureau of Abandoned and Unclaimed Vehicles shall proceed to file directly with the Director of Motor Vehicles, in an application provided by him, stating said finding (except as provided in § 548-10), and thereupon the Business Administrator or his appointee within the Bureau of Abandoned and Unclaimed Vehicles shall obtain a junk title certificate with the proper assignment thereupon, which shall be assigned and delivered to the purchaser of the vehicle at the public sale. The obtaining of a junk title certificate shall be in lieu of a certificate of ownership in § 548-11.

§ 548-10 Scrap vehicles.

A. 

Whenever any abandoned or unclaimed motor vehicle six years old or older has been so deteriorated, damaged or stripped of useable parts as to be rendered to scrap and thus no longer a motor vehicle, a designated official of the public agency is authorized to certify the same as motor vehicle scrap. Such motor vehicle scrap may be sold or otherwise disposed of and removed to a scrap processing company or junk dealer. Said disposition shall be accomplished without the need for title papers, certificate of ownership, junk title certificate or any further certification or verification from the Division of Motor Vehicles or notification to the owner thereof of advertisement of sale.

B. 

No such motor vehicle scrap shall be removed from private property by the agent. Said vehicle must be kept at least three months prior to sale, and all sales are to be made within the scope of the existing state statutes.

C. 

Upon disposition of motor vehicle scrap thereof by the Division of Police or Bureau of Abandoned and Unclaimed Vehicles, the vehicle identification number thereof and any motor vehicle registration plate attached thereto shall be destroyed or obliterated. The certificate as motor vehicle scrap shall include a picture thereof and shall be made on such form and in such detail as prescribed by the Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles. Said Division of Abandoned and Unclaimed Vehicles shall keep, as a public record, the name and address of the purchaser or recipient of said motor vehicle scrap and the terms of transfer thereof for a period of two years.

§ 548-11 Sale of vehicles without title certificates.

Upon the sale of a motor vehicle for which no pink title certificate shall have been issued, said Bureau shall execute and deliver to the purchaser an application for certificate of ownership as prescribed by the Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles of the State of New Jersey and as provided by statute, which shall contain the name and address, if known, of the former owner. Payment of any application therein shall be absorbed by the buyer.

§ 548-12 Liability of city for vehicles sold.

The City of Camden, upon sale of a motor vehicle pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, gives no warranties or guaranties of any nature whatsoever. Furthermore, upon sale of a motor vehicle pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, all claims of interest therein shall be forever barred as provided by the laws of the State of New Jersey, and the City of Camden sells all right, title and interest which it may have in said motor vehicle and is released from any liability concerning said sale or said taking, and such liability shall be the responsibility of the purchaser.

§ 548-13 Other penalties allowed.

The impounding or immobilizing of a motor vehicle shall not preclude or prevent the institution of prosecution for any criminal or any other violation of a city ordinance or state statute in any court of this state, including the Municipal Court, against the owner or operator of such impounded or immobilized vehicle.