Village of Great Neck Plaza, NY
Nassau County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Great Neck Plaza 8-17-1994 as L.L. No. 8-1994. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 204-1 Findings.

The Board of Trustees hereby finds that it will serve the health, welfare and safety of the Village and its residents to adopt this chapter in order to promote the elimination of junked, abandoned, disabled and dangerous motor vehicles within the Village.

§ 204-2 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLE
Any vehicle which is parked or permitted to stand unattended on any public street or alley for a continuous period exceeding 72 hours and which does not have a valid registration plate or certificate of inspection and an ascertainable vehicle identification number.
DANGEROUS MOTOR VEHICLE
Any motor vehicle which is a threat to the health, safety or welfare of the public for any reason, including:
A. 
It is kept in such a condition as to become a haven for rodents, vermin or other animals;
B. 
It has broken glass or other sharp edges; or
C. 
It is maintained in a precarious or dangerous position or location.
DISABLED MOTOR VEHICLE
Any motor vehicle which is immovable or inoperable because it lacks an engine, one or more tires or other essential part or because it has been stripped or disassembled.
JUNKED MOTOR VEHICLE
Any disabled motor vehicle which has no valid registration plate or certificate of inspection.
MOTOR VEHICLE
A vehicle which is self-propelled except one which is propelled solely by human power or by electric power obtained from overhead trolling wires, but not operated upon rails.
PERSON
Any natural person, firm, company, partnership or corporation, including their principals and agents.

§ 204-3 Unlawful acts.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to park, store or cause or permit to stand or to be parked or stored any abandoned, disabled, junked or dangerous motor vehicle on the public streets or alleys of the Village.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to park, store or cause or permit to stand or to be parked or stored any disabled motor vehicle on private property within the Village for a continuous period in excess of 30 days, unless:
(1) 
Such motor vehicle is parked, stored or standing on property in a business or commercial zoning district legally used for the repair of said motor vehicle; or
(2) 
Such motor vehicle is enclosed within a legal structure that conceals it from public view and protects against unauthorized access to the motor vehicle by the public.
C. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to park, store or cause or permit to stand or to be parked or stored any junked motor vehicle on private property within the Village for a period in excess of 10 days, unless:
(1) 
Such motor vehicle is parked, stored or standing on property in a business or commercial zoning district legally used for the repair of said motor vehicle; or
(2) 
Such motor vehicle is enclosed within a legal structure that conceals it from public view and protects against unauthorized areas to the motor vehicle by the public.
D. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to park, store or cause or permit to stand or to be parked or stored any dangerous motor vehicle on private property within the Village.

§ 204-4 Penalties for offenses. [1]

Any person(s) who parks, stores or causes or permits to stand or to be parked or stored any junked, abandoned, dangerous or disabled motor vehicle in violation of § 204-3 of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine not to exceed $250 or to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 15 days, or both. Each day a violation continues shall constitute a separate violation of this chapter.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.

§ 204-5 Nuisances.

A. 
The parking, standing or storage of abandoned, junked, disabled or dangerous motor vehicles on public or private property within the Village in violation of the provisions of this chapter is hereby declared to be a nuisance and is prohibited.
B. 
In addition to any other penalties provided by this chapter, the Village may seek an injunction against any condition which constitutes a nuisance under this chapter or may summarily abate such condition by arranging for the towing and storage of the junked, abandoned, disabled or dangerous motor vehicle.
C. 
The Village may seek to assess the costs of any such towing, storage or injunction proceeding from the owner of the motor vehicle by assessing such costs against the property from which the motor vehicle is removed.
D. 
Except in situations involving an imminent danger to public health, welfare and safety, the Village shall not tow a motor vehicle located on private property in violation of this chapter unless the Village first transmits written notice to the owner of such motor vehicle in person or by registered mail. Such written notice shall contain a description of the vehicle, its location, notice of violation of this chapter and directions to remove the vehicle within 10 days.