[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Moorestown 12-28-1987 by Ord. No. 1387. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- INOPERABLE VEHICLE, INOPERATIVE AUTOMOBILE and INOPERATIVE AUTOMOBILE BODY
- An automobile, motor vehicle or other vehicle, subject to the scope of Title 39 of the New Jersey Statutes, of any type which is unregistered or any such vehicle, whether registered or not, that is in an inoperable condition or unfit for use on any public highway, standing or stored anywhere outdoors in the Township of Moorestown ("township").
- MOTOR VEHICLE, OMNIBUS, ROAD TRACTOR, TRAILER, TRUCK, TRUCK-TRACTOR, SEMI-TRAILER and VEHICLE
- The meanings as stated, used and defined in N.J.S.A. 39:1-1 et seq.
- Any individual, firm, partnership or corporation being the owner or having any legal rights in or to the vehicle or automobile as herein defined.
No person shall abandon, keep, store, locate, suffer or permit the keeping, abandonment, storage or location of any inoperable vehicle or vehicles outdoors upon any public or private lands in the Township, including any public street. A vehicle shall be deemed to be stored if it has been continually on a property for a time period of at least 30 days. Nothing herein shall be deemed to prohibit the keeping or storage of a motor vehicle, whether operable or inoperable, entirely within an enclosed garage, barn or other fully enclosed building.
If any inoperable vehicle or vehicles shall be abandoned, kept, located or stored on private lands in the Township, it shall be presumed that the owner and any tenant in possession of said land or property has abandoned, kept, located or stored the vehicle upon the subject property or permitted or suffered it to be abandoned, kept, located or stored on said property, and the owner and such tenant of said property shall be responsible for the violation in accordance with § 169-2.
The office of the Township Zoning Officer, or his designee, shall enforce the provisions of this chapter.
Upon receipt of information showing a continuing violation of this chapter, the Zoning Officer shall serve written notice, either by personal service or by certified mail, return receipt requested, addressed to the last known address, on the owner of the property where the violation has continued to occur and on the owner of the vehicle, if known, requiring the removal of the vehicle within 30 days following the receipt of notice. The notice shall include notification that failure to remove the vehicle will result in issuance of a complaint, summons or other process upon the expiration of the thirty-day period.
Nothing herein shall prevent the enforcement by the Township Police Department of any provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:1-1 et seq., including, specifically, but not limited to provisions of Title 39 relating to abandoned, inoperable or unregistered vehicles, particularly N.J.S.A. 39:4-56.1 et seq.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to automobile repair shops or motor vehicle service stations to the extent that these uses are permitted by the Zoning Ordinance of the Township.
[Amended 3-20-2006 by Ord. No. 5-2006]