Borough of Bridgeport, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Bridgeport as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Junkyards and automobile graveyards — See Ch. 318.
Vehicle and traffic regulations — See Ch. 535.
[Adopted 3-3-1969 by Ord. No. 309, approved 3-6-1969 (Ch. 144, Art. I, of the 1975 Code)]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ABANDONED VEHICLE
Any vehicle which is left unattended upon any public highway or street where:
A. 
The owner or operator does not reside.
B. 
The owner or operator is not engaged in any lawful business or visiting the owner or occupier of the properties abutting said highway or streets.
C. 
Said vehicle is not capable of being moved under its own power, has a deflated tire or tires, is without a tire or tires or is without a current license tag or inspection sticker.
It shall be unlawful to abandon any vehicle in the Borough of Bridgeport.
Any abandoned vehicle may be removed or caused to be removed by the Bridgeport Police Department.
Any such vehicle may be towed and stored by such garages in the Borough of Bridgeport or the Township of Upper Merion as are designated by the Chief of Police to be approved storage pounds; the designation of the same shall be currently posted in the police headquarters.
Each of the designated garages, prior to engaging in any towing or storing of any vehicles, shall file a bond with the Borough of Bridgeport, said bond to be in favor of the garage and the said Borough of Bridgeport in an amount adequate to indemnify the owner or owners of such impounded vehicle, for injury or damage thereto, while the same is in the custody of such garage.
[Amended 8-12-1975 by Ord. No. 419, approved 8-15-1975; 9-14-1979 by Ord. No. 457, approved 9-14-1979; 12-13-1988 by Ord. No. 505, approved 12-13-1988[1]]
The charge for towing such vehicles and the charge for storage per day shall be as set from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance removed specific fees from the Borough's Code; the current fees resolution of the Borough is on file in the office of the Borough Secretary.
The Chief of Police or someone at his direction, within 12 hours after the vehicle has been removed, shall by certified mail notify the owner of record of such vehicle that the vehicle has been impounded, of the place from which it was removed, of the reason for its removal and impounding and of the place where the vehicle has been impounded.
The owner or owners of such impounded vehicle shall be entitled to possession of such vehicle upon payment to the Borough of Bridgeport of the towing and storage charges as above set forth.
A. 
The payment of such charges, unless made under protest, shall be final and conclusive and shall constitute a waiver of any right to recover the amount so paid.
B. 
In the event that said charges are paid under protest, the offender shall be entitled to a hearing before a Magisterial District Judge having jurisdiction, as in the case of prosecution for a violation of the Vehicle Code.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 101 et seq.
[Amended 8-12-1975 by Ord. No. 419, approved 8-15-1975; 3-14-1989 by Ord. No. 507, approved 3-14-1989]
Any person who shall be convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this article before any Magisterial District Judge shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 and costs of prosecution or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 30 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offense, and the person or persons allowing or permitting the continuation of the violation may be punished as provided above for such separate offense.
[Adopted 3-3-1969 by Ord. No. 310, approved 3-6-1969 (Ch. 144, Art. II, of the 1975 Code)]
It shall be unlawful to store or deposit abandoned or junked automobiles, trucks, other vehicles or parts thereof on any public or private property, vacant or occupied, within the Borough of Bridgeport, where the same is found to be a nuisance in fact, to be so determined after hearing thereon by the Council.
[Amended 8-12-1975 by Ord. No. 419, approved 8-15-1975; 3-14-1989 by Ord. No. 507, approved 3-14-1989]
Any person who shall be convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this article before any Magisterial District Judge shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 and costs of prosecution or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 30 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offense, and the person or persons allowing or permitting the continuation of the violation may be punished as provided above for such separate offense.