[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Lattingtown (Art. 4 of the 1998 General Ordinance Compilation). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Except as provided in § 274-10 hereof, no person or persons, firm or corporation shall operate a towing car for hire within the limits of the Village unless a permit therefor shall first be obtained from the Board of Trustees signed by the Mayor and countersigned by the Clerk, as hereinafter provided.
No such permit shall be issued unless an application therefor shall have been filed with the Village Clerk upon a form prescribed therefor by the Board of Trustees, which shall include in the case of towing car owners:
Every permit issued pursuant to this chapter shall expire on the 31st day of December following the issuance thereof. The permit fee payable for each such permit or renewal thereof, which permit may cover one or more towing cars operated by the same owner, shall be in the amount as required by Chapter 145, Fees and Deposits.
The applicant for such permit shall file with the Board of Trustees a schedule of the maximum prices to be charged for towing and storage of disabled motor vehicles. Such charges shall be based on the distance that each disabled motor vehicle is to be towed and shall not be based on availability of towing car facilities. No towing car owner or operator or other person employed by the owner shall base any charge upon estimation.
It shall be unlawful for any person to tow away any motor vehicle which has been involved in an accident without the prior consent of the owner or the police office at the scene of the accident, and no car shall be removed from the scene of an accident where the police officer requires or requests that it be impounded for an examination.
It shall be unlawful for any person to drive along any street or highway in the Village for the purpose of soliciting towing work or to stop a tow car at the scene of any vehicle accident or near a disabled vehicle without first having been specifically requested to do so by the owner of the vehicle or a police officer.
On each side of every towing car for which permit has been granted there shall be legibly inscribed in letters not less than three inches high the name and address of the owner of such towing car or of the person having the permit therefor and the permit number assigned to such towing car by the Village Clerk.
The Mayor, with the approval of the Board of Trustees, is hereby empowered to promulgate and prescribe rules and regulations for the proper administration and enforcement of this chapter.
The Mayor shall have power to suspend any permit issued pursuant to this chapter for the violation of any rules thereof or of any rules and regulations promulgated by him or for the failure of the owner or operator of any towing car to render services to the owner or driver of a disabled vehicle who is able and willing to pay the fee prescribed in the schedule of prices filed as hereinafter provided for; or, if the owner or operator of any towing car shall collect, or attempt to collect, a fee in excess of the maximum fee for such services prescribed in the schedule of prices as herein before provided.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to cases where without solicitation the owner of a damaged car shall have specifically requested that the same be towed by an unlicensed tow car.