[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of North Greenbush 6-9-1988 as L.L. No. 1-1988 (Ch. 78 of the 1981 Code); amended in its entirety 7-14-2016 by L.L. No. 6-2016. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known as the "North Greenbush Town Junk Vehicle Law."
It is hereby declared that visible junk vehicles stored or located within the Town are unsightly and potentially dangerous. It is the purpose of this chapter to forbid the storage of visible junk vehicles within Town limits.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following words, terms and phrases are defined as:
- ANTIQUE VEHICLE (or one in the process of being restored as such)
- A vehicle of at least 30 years of age since manufacture which is intended to be kept as an object of art or as a relic of history and which is capable of being driven occasionally but is not in daily use as a motor vehicle.
- JUNK VEHICLE
- Any motor vehicle, including automobiles, buses, trucks, tractors, mobile homes, motorcycles, motor bicycles, snowmobiles, boats, recreational vehicles, watercrafts, camping trailers, or any other contraptions originally intended for travel on streets, highways, or waterways, whether intact or dismantled, which:
- A. Vehicle is not currently registered by the State of New York or any other state or foreign country and which has not been so registered for the preceding six months; or
- B. Vehicle is not currently registered by the State of New York or any other state or foreign country and which is not in a condition to meet New York State motor vehicle inspection requirements.
- Includes any individual, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization.
No person shall permit a junk vehicle to be stored, left, abandoned or located on property owned or occupied by such person within the Town of North Greenbush, which junk vehicle is visible from a public highway or a dwelling unit on neighboring property.
No person shall permit a junk vehicle owned by such person to be stored, left, abandoned or located on any property within the Town of North Greenbush.
It shall be an affirmative defense to any violation of this chapter if:
The vehicle in question is used for legitimate farm purposes.
The vehicle in question is operable and used by the owner on his own property for the transport of wood, snowplowing or for other legitimate purposes.
The vehicle constitutes an antique vehicle.
The junk vehicle is stored, left or located on premises which are used for the legal operation of a junkyard as a junkyard is defined in the State General Municipal Law.
Any person who shall violate any provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of an offense and subject to a fine of not more than $250 per junk vehicle involved. Every such person shall be deemed guilty of a separate offense for each week that such violation continues.