Borough of Washington, NJ
Warren County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Washington 4-18-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-04. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Property maintenance — See Ch. 65.
Towing and storage of motor vehicles — See Ch. 87.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLE
A vehicle which has remained on or along the highway or other public property or upon private property without consent for a period of more than 48 hours or for any period without current license plates.
INOPERATIVE MOTOR VEHICLE
Any motor vehicle incapable of being legally operated or moved under its own power on the public streets and highways of the State of New Jersey.
UNLICENSED MOTOR VEHICLE
Any motor vehicle incapable of being legally driven on the highways of the State of New Jersey or not bearing current license plates or tags or not bearing a current inspection sticker issued by an appropriate licensing authority.
No person, firm or corporation shall keep any wrecked, dismantled, junked, abandoned or inoperable motor vehicle or any parts thereof in the open upon public or private property unless licensed as a junk shop or junkyard.
It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or permit the keeping of, on streets, vacant lots or anywhere on residential property, except in a fully enclosed structure, any motor vehicle, trailer or semitrailer which:
A. 
Because of mechanical or structural defect or damage is incapable of movement under its own power;
B. 
Does not display a current or valid registration;
C. 
For any other reason is not capable of safe and lawful operation over the highways of this state.
No person, firm or corporation shall use the public streets or highways as a repair shop or to make repairs to vehicles other than emergency repairs.
A wrecked, dismantled, junked, abandoned or inoperable motor vehicle may be removed from the public streets or highways when 48 hours' notice has been served upon the registered owner, either in person or by mail to the last-known address, to move such vehicle. However, if the vehicle obstructs traffic or is deemed to be a hazard, the police may remove such vehicle without prior notice to the owner.
A written notice to remove within seven days the wrecked, dismantled, junked, abandoned or inoperable vehicle from public property other than public streets and highways shall be served upon the registered owner thereof, either personally or by certified mail. If the vehicle is not removed within the time allowed by such notice, the police may remove such vehicle.
An unlicensed vehicle on public streets or premises not owned or occupied by the owner of the vehicle shall be deemed abandoned and removed immediately.
The owner of the removed vehicle may repossess the same at any time prior to sale thereof, upon payment of the costs of removal plus storage charges.
Disposition of the vehicle shall be made within the towing company's discretion. The Borough shall notify the registered owner either in person or by mail to the last-known address of the address and telephone number of the towing company in possession of the vehicle.
The Borough shall not be liable for loss or damage during removal, storage, subsequent sale or other disposition.
Any person who shall violate this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, pay a fine not exceeding $500 or be imprisoned in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both, for each offense, in the discretion of the court. Each day said offense continues shall constitute a separate offense.
The provisions of this chapter may be enforced by the Zoning Officer of the Borough of Washington or any police officer serving the Borough of Washington.