[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Easttown 7-5-2000 by Ord. No. 331-00. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The provisions of this chapter are enacted pursuant to the provisions of Section 6109(a)(22) of the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicles Code, authorizing the removal and impounding of vehicles parked on the streets or highways or public property of the Township in violation of any local ordinances or the provisions of the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code or which have been abandoned (as defined by the Vehicle Code) or which are parked in such a manner as to interfere with traffic or pose a hazard to others.
Editor's Note: See 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 6109(a)(22).
The Township, acting through the Township Police Department, or its authorized employees, shall have the authority to remove and impound or order the removal and impounding of any vehicle parked, stopped or standing as hereinabove described in § 439-1.
Tow-away zones shall be designated by appropriate permanent or temporary signs setting forth that the parking or stopping area has been designated a tow-away zone. Vehicles which have been abandoned or parked or stopped in such a manner as to interfere with traffic or pose a hazard to others are subject to removal and impoundment whether or not the location is designated as a tow-away zone.
The removal and impounding of vehicles pursuant to this chapter shall be by approved storage facilities (facilities) only. Such facilities shall be designated from time to time by resolution adopted by the Board of Supervisors. Every such facility shall submit evidence to the Township that it is bonded or has liability insurance in an amount satisfactory to the Supervisors as sufficient to indemnify owners of impounded vehicles against loss or damage to those vehicles while in the custody of the facility for the purpose of towing or storage. Every approved storage facility shall submit to the Supervisors a schedule of charges for towing and storage of vehicles pursuant to this chapter. Upon approval by the Board of Supervisors, such charges shall be adhered to by the storage facility and no additional charges shall be demanded or collected from any person whose vehicle has been removed or impounded under this chapter until such new charges are approved by the Supervisors. Any person or entity violating this provision is subject to removal as an approved facility.
The payment of towing and/or storage charges shall not relieve the person responsible for the subject vehicle from liability for the payment of any fine or penalty for the violation of the provisions of this chapter.
The Township shall cause a record to be kept of all vehicles removed or impounded under this chapter. Such records shall be reasonably available to the persons claiming responsibility for such vehicle and shall specify the location of the impounded vehicle.
After a period of 15 days, if any vehicle in storage pursuant to the provisions of this chapter remains unclaimed, a report shall be filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation as provided in Section 7311 of the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code by the person or entity having custody of the vehicle at that time. In the event the subject vehicle has not been claimed after 30 days, such vehicle may be transferred to a licensed salvager, who will then be responsible for complying with the requirements of the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code, 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 101 et seq., as amended.
Editor's Note: See 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 7311.