[Adopted 11-11-1963; amended in its entirety 7-6-1993 by Ord. No. 1993-11]
The Chief of Police or any regular police officer of the municipality is hereby authorized to remove and impound or to order the removal and impounding of any vehicles parked on any of the streets, highways or public property of the municipality in violation of any of the provisions of law or of any ordinance of the municipality; provided, however, that no vehicles shall be removed or impounded except in strict adherence to the provisions of this Article. This Article shall not apply to vehicles the removal and impounding of which shall be governed by 75 Pa. C.S.A. § 3352.
The following are hereby designated as approved storage garages and as pounds for the storage of such impounded vehicles:
Every such approved storage garage and pound shall post a bond in the amount of $5,000 to be filed with the Secretary of the Municipality of Kingston for the indemnifying of the owner or owners of any such impounded vehicle or vehicles against the loss thereof or injury or damage thereto while said vehicle or vehicles are in the custody of said garage and poundkeeper.
The following are hereby fixed and established as the charges that shall be made for the towing and storage of any vehicles removed and impounded under the authority of this article.
Within 12 hours from the time of removal of any vehicle under authority granted by this article, notice of the fact that such vehicle has been impounded shall be sent by the Chief of Police of the Municipality of Kingston to the owner of record of such vehicle. Such notice shall designate the place from which said vehicle was removed, the reason for its removal and impounding and the pound in which it shall have been impounded.
The Chief of Police shall keep a record of all vehicles impounded and shall be able, at all reasonable times, to furnish the owners or agents of the owners thereof with information as to the place of storage of such vehicles.
The payment of towing and impounding charges shall not operate to relieve the owner or operator of any vehicle from liability for any fine or penalty for the violation of any law or ordinance concerning which the said vehicle was removed and impounded.
No vehicle shall be removed under the authority of this article if, at the time of the intended removal thereof, the owner or person for the time being in charge of such vehicle is present and expresses a willingness and intention to remove such vehicle immediately.