[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Fort Plain 6-18-2019 by L.L. No. 1-2019; amended in its entirety 9-17-2019 by L.L. No. 2-2019. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The Village Board finds that significant numbers of vehicle owners fail to respond to parking summonses issued for violations of parking orders, rules, regulations, and local laws; that a significant number of such owners are persistent violators; and that, by reason of out-of-state registration of vehicles, transfer of ownership, reregistration of vehicles, and other circumstances, violators frequently are able to evade existing enforcement measures.
By reason of the foregoing, the Village Board finds that the health, welfare and safety of the Village will be served by adoption of a Village local law providing additional means of enforcing parking orders, rules, regulations, and local laws in the case of vehicle owners who fail to timely respond to summonses issued for Village parking violations.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- PARKING VIOLATION DEFAULT
- A parking violation default is incurred when an unpaid parking summons has not been answered by the required appearance date.
- Includes a motor vehicle as defined in § 125 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law, a tractor as defined in § 151-a of such law; or a trailer as defined in § 156 of such law, as such sections may be amended from time to time.
- VEHICLE IMMOBILIZATION
- The clamping, affixing, or locking of a booting device onto the wheel of a parked vehicle to prevent the wheel from rotating, thereby immobilizing the vehicle.
- VEHICLE IMMOBILIZATION DEVICE
- A device that is clamped, affixed, or locked onto the wheel of a parked vehicle to prevent the wheel from rotating, thereby immobilizing the vehicle until it is unlocked and removed.
The Chief of Police is hereby authorized to provide for vehicle immobilization with respect to vehicles which have three or more outstanding Village parking violation defaults against them.
Notice. When a vehicle immobilization device is used, the Police Department shall attach or cause to be attached to the vehicle, in a conspicuous manner, in such form as may be directed by the Chief of Police, a notice in substantially the following form:
Generally. The individual attempting to redeem a vehicle that has been immobilized must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Village Clerk that he or she is the owner of said vehicle or is authorized to act on behalf of such owner.
Release of immobilized vehicles.
To obtain the release of an immobilized vehicle, the owner or authorized representative of the owner of said vehicle shall first contact the Fort Plain Police Department to make arrangements to be accompanied by a police officer to visit the Village office during normal business hours and provide the Clerk with payment in full of all outstanding Village parking violations relating to the vehicle. Upon receiving payment for all outstanding Village parking violations, together with an administrative fee of $50 to cover the cost of engaging and removing the vehicle immobilization device, the Clerk shall provide the owner with a certificate as proof of payment.
After obtaining the certificate described above in § 183-4B(1), the owner of an immobilized vehicle shall visit the office of the Police Department during normal business hours and present said certificate. Thereafter, the Chief of Police or his duly designated agent shall remove the vehicle immobilization device in a reasonably prompt manner.
New parking summonses may be issued to a vehicle that has been fitted with a vehicle immobilization device, and penalties will continue to accrue until payment is made.
Any person who attempts to remove, deface, or destroy a vehicle immobilization device, having no lawful right to do so, shall be in violation of this chapter. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the fine for such violation shall be $300, plus all actual expenses for replacement and/or repair of the vehicle immobilization device.
Each separate provision of this chapter shall be deemed independent of all other provisions herein, and if any provisions shall be deemed or declared invalid, all other provisions hereof shall remain valid and enforceable.
This chapter shall supersede all prior local laws, ordinances, rules and regulations which may be inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter.
This chapter shall take effect immediately upon filing with the Secretary of State.
The chapter designations and numerical/lettering designations of the sections included in this chapter shall be delegated to the discretion of General Code, which may renumber the chapter and sections included in this chapter as necessary to accommodate incorporation of this chapter into the Code of the Village of Fort Plain.