City of East Orange, NJ
Essex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of East Orange as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Land use — See Ch. 51.
Licenses and fees — See Ch. 170.
Open-air lots for vehicles — See Ch. 186.
[Adopted 3-5-1984 by Section 1 of Ord. No. 7-1984]

§ 175-1 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
DIRECTOR
The Director of the Department of Inspection and Licensing.
MOTOR VEHICLE
Includes all vehicles propelled otherwise than by muscular power, except such vehicles as run only upon rails or tracks.
MOTOR VEHICLE REPAIR GARAGE
A place or structure, including gasoline service stations, used in the business of maintaining, servicing or repairing motor vehicles.
PERSON
Natural persons, associations, partnerships, corporations and every other type of organization or entity.
REPAIRS
Work performed upon any motor vehicle, including but not limited to motors, ignition systems, transmissions, drive or electrical systems, body or fender work.

§ 175-2 License required.

No person shall manage, conduct or operate or maintain a motor vehicle repair garage in the City of East Orange without first obtaining a license therefor as provided in this article.

§ 175-3 Applications for license; contents.

A. 
The application for a license for a motor vehicle repair garage shall be made to the Director of the Department of Inspections and Licensing on the forms provided.
B. 
The application shall accurately set forth:
(1) 
The name and home address of the applicant; if a firm or partnership, the names and home addresses of the members of the firm or partnership; if a corporation, the names and home addresses of the president, secretary and registered agent of the corporation.
(2) 
The business name and address at which the applicant proposes to maintain or operate the motor vehicle repair garage.
(3) 
The name and address of the person who will manage the day-to-day operations of the motor vehicle repair garage identified herein.
(4) 
Whether or not any person listed on the application has ever been convicted of a crime, specifying the nature of the offense and the date of the conviction.
(5) 
Other information concerning the applicant and personnel which may be necessary in determining approval of the application and issuance of the license.

§ 175-4 Disqualification of application.

No license shall be issued to any person who shall have been convicted of a crime relating adversely to the operation of a motor vehicle repair garage. Any determination made by the Director under this section shall be made in accordance with N.J.S.A. 2A:168A-2.

§ 175-5 Issuance of license.

A. 
All licenses issued under this article shall be for a term of one year, commencing May 1 and expiring the following April 30.
B. 
The annual fee for the license issued under this article shall be as set forth in Chapter 170, Licenses and Fees, payable when the application is filed. In the event that the license is not granted, the annual fee, less the sum of $50, shall be returned to the applicant.
[Amended 12-3-1984 by Ord. No. 54-1984[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
C. 
Application for renewal of a license shall be made on a form provided by the Director at least one month prior to the expiration of the current license.

§ 175-6 Transferability.

Licenses issued under this article are not transferable. The business of the motor vehicle repair garage shall be conducted only at the location specified in the license.

§ 175-7 Record book.

[Amended 12-3-1984 by Ord. No. 54-1984]
Upon receipt of a motor vehicle for engine removal or replacement, removal for repair or replacement of transmission, rear differential or drive train, body and fender repairs, repainting or any other repair, every operator of a motor vehicle repair garage shall provide and keep a book in which shall be entered a description of the motor vehicle, the vehicle identification number, the date received, the name and residence of the person from or for whom the vehicle was received and a signed authorization for the work to be performed on the vehicle. Records shall also be kept of purchases of all major motor vehicle component parts, motor transmission, any body parts, parts for the interior (seats, dashboards). The book shall, at all reasonable times, be open to:
A. 
Any officer of the City of East Orange Police Department.
B. 
Any duly authorized law enforcement personnel of the City, county, state or federal government.
C. 
Any inspector from the Department of Inspections and Licensing.

§ 175-8 Investigation of licensee's conduct.

The Director may, upon his own initiative or upon the filing of a written verified complaint of any person, investigate the actions of any licensee.

§ 175-9 Suspension and revocation of license; hearing.

Upon notice to the licensee by the Director, a hearing shall be conducted by the Director to determine whether any license issued under this article may be suspended or revoked for any violation of this article or any other applicable law, ordinance or regulation.

§ 175-10 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 12-3-1984 by Ord. No. 54-1984*[1]]
Any person who violates any provision of this article shall, upon conviction therefor, be punished by a fine not exceeding $2,000, by imprisonment not exceeding 90 days, and/or 90 days of community service. In addition, failure to comply with this article may be cause for revocation of the motor vehicle repair garage license upon notice and hearing to the licensee.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[Adopted 12-23-1985 by Ord. No. 41-1985]

§ 175-11 Definitions.

For the purposes of this article, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this section:
ABANDONED VEHICLE
Any motor vehicle whose owner has terminated the use and care of such motor vehicle and has left the same on open lands and has either:
A. 
Indicated by his words or actions an intent to leave the same and no longer claim ownership thereof; or
B. 
Has left the same, without making arrangements for the storage with the owner or occupant of the premises on which it is located, for a period of at least 30 days.
MOTOR VEHICLE
Any vehicle designed to be propelled otherwise than by muscular power, excepting such vehicles as run only upon rails or tracks; and, as used in this article, such term shall also include any parts of a motor vehicle and any such vehicle, whether or not the same by reason of its present condition, is still capable of self-propulsion.

§ 175-12 Abandonment or open storage prohibited.

No person shall abandon or permit the abandonment on public or private property within the City of any motor vehicle owned by him or under his control or in his possession at the time of abandonment or, except as provided in this article, cause any abandoned vehicle or vehicle in a state of substantial disrepair to be stored in the open.

§ 175-13 Permitting abandonment or open storage prohibited.

No person shall permit any abandoned motor vehicle to remain on any property owned by him or in his possession or under his control or, except as provided in this article, store or permit the storage of any abandoned vehicle or vehicle in a state of substantial disrepair in the open.

§ 175-14 Notice to police; disposition of vehicles. [1]

Any person who owns or has control of any premises and finds a motor vehicle left on his property without his knowledge, acquiescence or consent, where the owner of such vehicle has failed or refused to remove the same or the owner is unknown, shall promptly notify the Chief of Police of the year, model and make of such vehicle and, if known or ascertainable, the registration license, serial number and ownership thereof, with such further and additional information as the Chief of Police may request to ascertain whether or not the same has been abandoned. The Chief of Police shall take such further and additional steps as may be necessary to determine whether the same is an abandoned vehicle within the meaning of N.J.S.A. 40A:14-157 and, if the same is, shall proceed to take possession thereof and thereafter dispose of the same pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-157, the regulations of the Division of Motor Vehicles, and any other provisions of law pertinent thereto.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 175-15 Responsibility for removal; failure to remove.

A. 
Where any motor vehicle mentioned in the preceding section is in such condition that it is no longer self-propelled, and by reason of the same is not a motor vehicle within the jurisdiction of the Division of Motor Vehicles, then the owner of the property or the person having possession or control thereof on which the motor vehicle has been abandoned shall remove and dispose of the same through a private contractor by private means.
B. 
Where the owner of the property or person having possession or control thereof, after 10 days' written notice, has failed to remove the motor vehicle, then the Chief of Police shall be authorized to arrange for the prompt removal, but such action by the Chief of Police shall not provide a defense or excuse to an owner or person having possession or control of such premises for failure to comply with this article. The owner and person having possession or control of such property shall pay and be jointly and severally liable for all costs, including reasonable overhead charges, incurred by the City in effecting such removal. In the event that payment is not made on demand, such costs shall, in accordance with the provisions and procedures of § 159-43, become a lien on such property.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 159, Housing Standards; Property Maintenance.

§ 175-16 Owner to give information and permit access.

Any person owning or having possession or control of premises on which an abandoned motor vehicle shall be situate and who fails to remove such motor vehicle in accordance with the request made by the Chief of Police or Director of Inspection and Licensing or his duly authorized agent pursuant to this Code or other City ordinances shall:
A. 
Furnish, by affidavit or otherwise, all information relating to such vehicle required by any duly authorized agent of the City; and
B. 
Permit access to his property by any duly authorized agent of the City for the purpose of examining or removing such vehicle.

§ 175-17 Emergencies.

Where the existence of a motor vehicle on the public highways or thoroughfares or on private property shall be an immediate hazard requiring prompt abatement to protect the public safety and shall thereby constitute a nuisance, the Chief of Police may, on short notice or without notice, if notice is infeasible, cause the same to be removed and held for a period of at least 15 days. The Chief of Police shall thereupon notify the owner of such vehicle, if known, by registered mail, of the location thereof and of the right of the owner to secure return of possession of such motor vehicle upon payment of the cost of removal and storage. Nothing herein shall be construed to provide the owner with a defense against any violation of this article.

§ 175-18 Outdoor storage of vehicles in disrepair.

[Amended 5-27-1986 by Ord. No. 5-1986; 10-24-1988 by Ord. No. 26-1988]
No motor vehicle in such a state of disrepair that it is unsightly or incapable of locomotion under its own power shall be kept in the open and exposed to public view from the streets or adjoining property, provided that motor vehicles in a temporary state of disrepair shall be permitted to remain for a period not exceeding 10 days, provided that the same are not abandoned vehicles, as defined in this article, except that those motor vehicles exposed to public view shall not be unsightly. Nothing in this article shall prohibit the storage of abandoned vehicles or vehicles in disrepair in junkyards permitted under Chapter 51, Land Use, of this Code and laws pertaining thereto or other designated tow-away areas approved by resolution of the City Council.

§ 175-19 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 175-19, Violation of storage prohibitions, added 5-27-1986 by Ord. No. 5-1986, was repealed 10-29-1988 by Ord. No. 26-1988.

§ 175-20 Violations and penalties. [1]

In addition to all other penalties afforded by this article, any person who violates any provision of this article shall, upon conviction therefor, be punished by a fine not to exceed $2,000, by imprisonment not to exceed 90 days, and/or 90 days of community service.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).