[HISTORY: Adopted by the Bloomfield Council 12-16-1963 as Ch. 17, Art. IIA, of the 1962 Code (Ch. 252 of the 1987 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the terms "motor vehicle," "omnibus," "road tractor," "trailer," "truck," "truck tractor" and "vehicle" shall have the meanings stated and as defined in N.J.S.A. 39:1-1 et seq.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Includes any motor vehicle, omnibus, road tractor, trailer, truck, truck tractor and vehicle which:
- (1) Is parked without the current year's registration or identification markers as required by law.
- (2) Has been continuously parked in any of the places mentioned in this chapter for a period of 48 hours.
- (3) Is so disabled as to constitute an obstruction to traffic, and the driver or person owning or in charge thereof neglects or refuses to move the same to a place where it will not obstruct traffic.
- (4) Is found to be mechanically inoperative.
- (5) Is found without one or more tires.
It shall be unlawful for any person to abandon a motor vehicle, omnibus, road tractor, trailer, truck, truck tractor or vehicle on any public street or highway of the Township; on any municipally owned or operated parking lot; on any property which is owned, leased or maintained by the Township; on any property which is owned, leased or maintained by the Board of Education of the Township; or on any property which is owned, leased or maintained by the Board of Recreation Commissioners of the Township.
Whenever any member of the Police Department of the Township finds any motor vehicle, omnibus, road tractor, trailer, truck, truck tractor or vehicle abandoned on any public street or highway of the Township or on any public property described in § 540-2, such member of the Police Department shall move or secure its removal to such garage or place as may be designated by the Chief of Police of the Township as a garage or place for the impounding of such vehicles, and such vehicles shall be retained and impounded until the person owning the same shall first pay the reasonable costs of the removal and storage which may result from such removal before regaining possession of the vehicle.
Whenever any vehicle is impounded as provided in this chapter, the Chief of Police or some member of the Police Department acting for him shall, within five days from the date of impoundment, notify the registered owner, in writing, by personal service or by certified mail at the last known address of the owner, of the removal of such vehicle, the reason for its removal and the location of the vehicle.
Whenever any vehicle impounded by the Police Department shall remain unclaimed for a period of 90 days, the vehicle shall be sold under the direction of the Chief of Police at public auction to the highest bidder.
Such auction sale shall take place after notice of such sale has been given at least seven days prior thereto by one publication in a newspaper circulating in the Township and upon mailing a copy of such notice to the owner of the vehicle by regular mail at least seven days prior to the sale. The address of the owner as shown on the records of the State Division of Motor Vehicles shall be deemed sufficient for the purposes of this chapter.