Township of Bloomfield, NJ
Essex County
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[Added 12-5-2005 by Ord. No. 05-39]
A. 
All towing companies who wish to do business in the Township of Bloomfield must obtain a license and remit an annual licensing fee. In addition thereto, each vehicle used for towing shall be assessed a charge of $25. Said vehicle must display a properly retained decal provided by the Township of Bloomfield. The above fees are mandatory and without exception. Any company who fails to register and attempts to operate without proper registration credentials shall be subjected to a fine of not less than $250 or no more than $500.
B. 
No vehicle shall be towed from private property until the Police Department of the Township of Bloomfield shall have been notified by the property owner or his/her agent. Any agent must provide written documentation that he/she is the current agent.
A. 
All vehicles towed from private property located within the Township of Bloomfield must be towed to a lot or facility within a four-mile radius of the Township of Bloomfield.
B. 
Towing company, complex owner, lot owner or building owner must install signage at each and every entrance and exit of their respective parking lots. Such sign must be a minimum 36 inches by 24 inches high with a minimum letter height of two inches. The sign shall list the following information:
(1) 
Name of towing company;
(2) 
Address of company lot or lots;
(3) 
Telephone number to towing lot;
(4) 
The time of parking on property for residents or visitors;
(5) 
Unauthorized vehicle will be subject to towing.
C. 
The towing lot shall be open seven days a week.
A. 
Every applicant for a license under this chapter shall complete, sign and verify a written application on forms furnished by the Municipal Clerk or his/her designee,
B. 
The application shall state:
(1) 
The name and address of the applicant;
(2) 
The name and address of the business;
(3) 
The location of the principal place of business and storage area for wreckers, tow trucks and towed vehicles;
(4) 
The registration information for all wreckers and tow trucks that will be used for towing within the Township of Bloomfield;
(5) 
The names and drivers' licenses of all employees who will be operating a wrecker or tow truck within the Township of Bloomfield Township. Licensee's employees who operate a wreck or tow truck must have the appropriate driver's license with no restrictions or conditional endorsements except the conditions requiring the wearing of glasses. The names, ages, addresses and driver's license numbers of all the licensee's employees shall be submitted with the application for license and shall be continuously updated during the course of the license and shall be supplied to the Chief of Police.
(6) 
The name and address of the insurer and policy numbers of the garagekeeper's liability and other required liability policies.
(7) 
Abide by the fees contained in this chapter.
A. 
The Municipal Clerk shall promptly notify the applicant of the approval of his/her application by the Chief of Police and shall issue the license.
B. 
The license shall contain the following:
(1) 
The name and address of the licensee.
(2) 
The number of the license and the amount of fee paid.
(3) 
The number of vehicles and vehicle information for all vehicles that will be utilized by the licensee.
(4) 
The date of issuance of the license and the expiration date.
(5) 
The signature of the Municipal Clerk or his/her designee.
C. 
All licenses shall expire on December 31 of the year issued, unless an earlier expiration date is indicated on the license.
D. 
The Municipal Clerk or his/her designee shall send a copy of the license to the Police Department for filing and shall retain a copy for permanent record of all licenses issued.
E. 
A copy of a valid license shall be placed in all wreckers and town trucks and shall be produced upon request by police personnel of the Bloomfield Police Department.
A. 
A license issued under this chapter shall not be transferable.
B. 
Each license shall produce his/her license whenever called upon to do so.
A. 
All wreckers and tow trucks shall have a valid registration and inspection sticker from this state issued by the New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles.
B. 
All wreckers and tow trucks shall be properly lettered on both sides in accordance with the law.
C. 
All wreckers and tow trucks used by the licensee in performing its obligation under the license shall be maintained in good and safe condition and may be inspected for such condition by the Chief of Police or his/her designee at any time.
A. 
The licensee shall have in effect, prior to application and at all times during the terms of the license, the proper insurance for the principal place of business, the wreckers and tow trucks and all storage space.
A. 
When a vehicle is being towed from private property, the Bloomfield Police Department shall be notified by the property owner or his/her agent, and a police officer must be present at the location of the tow prior to a vehicle being affixed to a wrecker, tow truck or placed on a flatbed.
B. 
A written receipt describing the vehicles and its condition as well as the location of the tow, tow company information, driver's name and reason for the tow shall be turned over to the responding police officer for recordkeeping purposes.
A. 
The Police Chief is hereby charged with the supervision and enforcement of the terms and provisions of this chapter and to see that the licensees perform the duties set forth below.
B. 
Each licensee shall render the following towing and storage services:
(1) 
Each licensee will be responsible for all vehicle and visible contents in his custody. An inventory shall be made at the scene to note such contents of each vehicle.
(2) 
No vehicle will be removed from the property without proper authorization from the police at the scene.
(3) 
The police officer investigating the incident is in complete charge of the incident scene (excluding actual towing operations), and all drivers shall comply with the officer's instructions.
(4) 
No towing operator shall tow any vehicle in an unsafe manner or in such a way as to cause further damage to the vehicle towed or surrounding property.
(5) 
No vehicle shall be towed before the issuance of a private property summons.
(6) 
Each licensee shall submit written reports to the Bloomfield Police Department of all vehicles it tows pursuant to any license issued under the terms of this chapter. The licensee shall furnish the Township with such records, reports and information as to the services rendered as the Township may reasonably require. Such reports shall be submitted within 24 hours after a service has been performed. Written reports shall include the following:
(a) 
The condition and inventory of the vehicle and its contents if not otherwise inventoried by the police.
(b) 
The inventory shall include items of apparent value within the vehicle, which are easily identifiable, including but not limited to audio and visual equipment and articles of personal property remaining in the vehicle.
(c) 
Monthly reports of unclaimed vehicles, identifying each vehicle by make, year, serial number and registration number, and the date said vehicle came within the possession of the licensee.
(d) 
Individual confirmation within 24 hours of the release of the vehicle, setting forth the identity of the person to whom the vehicle was released and the name of the individual employee of the licensee releasing said vehicle.
A. 
No wrecker or tow truck shall maintain a police-radio-receiving set for the purposes of intercepting police calls.
B. 
No flashing lights or sirens shall be used on wrecker or tow trucks except as permitted by state law.
C. 
All wreckers and tow trucks shall be operated in accordance with existing traffic regulations and in a safe and prudent manner.