[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Washington 5-15-1972 (Sec. 6-5 of the Revised General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any real property within the township which is not a street or highway.
- STREET or HIGHWAY
- The entire width between the boundary lines of every way maintained, when any part thereof is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel.
- A machine propelled by other than human power, designed to travel along the ground by use of wheels, treads, runners or slides and to transport persons or property or pull machinery, including, but not by way of limitation, an automobile, truck, trailer, motorcycle, tractor, buggy and wagon.
No person shall abandon a vehicle within the township, and no person shall leave a vehicle at any place within the township for such time and under such circumstances as to cause the vehicle to reasonably appear to be abandoned.
No person shall leave any partially dismantled, nonoperating, wrecked or junked vehicle on a street or highway within the township.
No person in charge or control of property within the township, whether as owner, tenant, occupant, lessee or otherwise, shall allow partially dismantled, nonoperating, wrecked, junked or discarded vehicles to remain on the property longer than 48 hours; and no person shall leave such vehicles on any property within the township for a longer time than 48 hours. This subsection shall not apply to a vehicle in an enclosed building, a vehicle on the premises of a business enterprise operated in a lawful place and manner, when necessary to the operation of the business enterprise, or a vehicle in an appropriate storage place or depository maintained in a lawful place and manner by the township.
[Amended 7-19-2010 by Ord. No. 14-10]
The Chief of Police or any member of the Police Department designated by him is authorized to remove or have removed any vehicle left at any place within the Township which appears to be present in violation of this chapter. Such a vehicle shall be impounded until lawfully claimed or disposed of in accordance with applicable statutes. The Chief of Police or any member of the Police Department acting for him shall notify the registered and legal owner, in writing, by personal service or by certified mail, at the last known address of the owner, of the removal of the vehicle, the reason for the removal and the location of the vehicle. The vehicle shall be retained and impounded until the owner or his authorized agent pays the cost of such taking, removal, and storage as may be established from time to time by resolution of the governing body.