[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Washington 2-6-2003 by Ord. No. 1-2003. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is hereby determined and declared that the placing, abandonment, leaving, parking, storing or maintaining of any unregistered, unlicensed, uninsured, disabled, dismantled, inoperable vehicles or equipment designed for road use and/or components thereof, used tires, machinery, mechanical equipment, or components thereof, or any container or apparatus designed for the conveyance of freight in conjunction with a motor vehicle or components thereof outdoors on private lands in the Township of Washington is contrary, inimical, and detrimental to the public welfare in that such articles so placed, abandoned, left, parked, stored or maintained attract or may attract persons of tender years who, being so attracted, may play in and about the same and may be injured and in that such articles so placed, abandoned, parked, stored or maintained outdoors and exposed to the elements deteriorate and in themselves are unsightly and, deteriorating, become more unsightly and tend to attract vermin and rodents and by reason thereof depreciate the value of properties in the neighborhood where they are located and in the Borough as a whole, thereby creating health, fire and sanitary hazards, all of which are contrary and inimical to the public welfare.
No person, partnership, corporation or other business entity shall otherwise place, abandon, leave, keep, park or maintain or permit or suffer the placing, abandoning, leaving, keeping, parking or maintaining of any unregistered or uninsured vehicle or a vehicle incapable of passing a New Jersey State motor vehicle inspection with minor mechanical repairs, or a vehicle suffering collision damage or with broken glass or flat tires, outdoors upon any private lands in the Township of Washington for more than five days, unless the same is garaged or stored in an enclosed building.
The provisions of this article shall not apply to the temporary storage of vehicles awaiting mechanical repairs at service stations and repair garages or collision repairs at licensed auto body shops which otherwise comply with all other federal, state, and municipal regulations, and to any vehicle designated and used primarily as a farm implement for active farming, agricultural, horticultural or other husbandry uses.
If any vehicle, as described herein, shall be placed, abandoned, left, kept, parked or maintained on private lands for five days or more, it shall be presumed that the owner or tenant in possession of said lands, or both, left, placed, kept, stored, parked or maintained the same there or permitted or suffered it to be so left, placed, kept, stored, parked or maintained upon such premises.
The Washington Township Police Department or Construction Official may cause a notice to be served upon the owner or tenant in possession of said lands on which the violation exists to abate the violation by removing the vehicle, machinery or mechanical equipment or other articles constituting a violation of this article from the premises or by storing the same within an enclosed building within five days after service of such notice, which notice may be served upon such owner or tenant, if he resides in the Township, personally or by leaving it at his usual place of abode with some member of his household over the age of 14 years. If any such owner or tenant shall reside outside of the Township, such notice shall be served upon him by certified mail addressed to him or her at his or her usual residence according to the tax records of the Township of Washington. Said owner or tenant, or other persons, shall abate the violation within the time fixed by the notice.
Each day that any such person, partnership, corporation or other business entity shall continue to keep, maintain, park, store, place or abandon any such vehicle, machinery or mechanical equipment, or other articles prohibited in this article, upon such premises after the time contained in the aforesaid notice shall expire, shall be deemed to be a separate offense in violation of this article.
Any person, partnership, corporation or business entity who shall violate any provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be liable to a fine of not less that $100, not more that $1,000 or imprisonment for a term of not more than 90 days, or both, in the discretion of the Municipal Court Judge.
It is hereby determined and declared that the abandonment or storage outdoors of any motor vehicle not currently in use for transportation and not currently registered or insured on any public lands or streets within the Township of Washington is contrary and inimical to the public welfare in that such vehicles so abandoned or stored attract or may attract persons of tender years who, being so attracted, may play in and about them and be injured in so doing and in that such vehicles so abandoned or stored outdoors, exposed to the elements, deteriorate and in themselves are unsightly and, deteriorating, become more unsightly and are detrimental to and depreciate the value of properties in the neighborhood where they are located and the Borough as a whole.
The following terms, phrases and words, as used in and for the purpose of the article, shall be deemed to have the following meanings:
- Includes any motor vehicle, omnibus, road tractor, trailer, truck, truck trailer and vehicle that;
- A. Has been continuously parked on any public street for a period of five days.
- B. Is so disabled on a public street as to constitute an obstruction to traffic, and the driver or person owning or in charge thereof neglects or refuses to move the same to a place where it will not obstruct traffic.
- C. Is found mechanically inoperative on public property or on a public street and is allowed to remain inoperative for a period of five days. Said period may be extended by the Police Department for good cause.
- D. Is parked on public property or public streets without the current year's registration or license plates for any period.
- JUNK AUTOMOBILE or JUNK AUTOMOTIVE BODY
- Any automobile which is no longer in actual use as a motor vehicle or which is wholly unfit, without rebuilding or reconditioning, for use in highway transportation or which has been discarded for use as a motor vehicle or otherwise abandoned.
- MOTOR VEHICLE, OMNIBUS, ROAD TRACTOR, TRAILER, TRUCK, and TRUCK TRAILOR AND VEHICLE
- The meanings stated and defined in N.J.S.A. 39:1-1 et seq. of the revised statutes of the State of New Jersey.
- Any individual, firm, partnership, corporation or other business entity being the owner or having a leasehold or other legal right in, of or to the motor vehicle or other vehicle as herein defined.
- POLICE DEPARTMENT
- The Washington Township Police Department.
It shall be unlawful for any person to abandon or suffer or permit the abandoning of any motor vehicle, omnibus, road tractor, trailer, truck or truck tractor or other vehicle as defined herein on any public property or public street or between the right-of-way side lines of any public right-of-way therein. Nothing herein contained shall be deemed to prohibit the placing, keeping or storage of any such vehicle in an enclosed garage, barn or other building.
Whenever any officer of the Washington Township Police Department finds any motor vehicle, junk automobile or junk automobile body which has been abandoned, kept or stored contrary to the provisions of this article, such officer of the Police Department shall remove, secure the removal of and/or impound said motor vehicle, junk automobile or junk automobile body in accordance with the procedures herein set forth. The expenses of the impoundment shall be borne by and be the responsibility of the owner or lessee of the vehicle.
Whenever any motor vehicle, junk automobile or junk automobile body is found on any public street, highway or public property, an emergency condition is herewith declared to exist, and any officer of the Washington Township Police Department is hereby authorized to place an abandoned vehicle warning sticker on the vehicle indicating a violation of the law and informing the owner or person having control of the vehicle that if the condition is not corrected, then the vehicle may be towed within 48 hours of the sticker being placed on the vehicle and a summons may be issued, or both. Said warning shall contain such information as the Chief of Police deems necessary to conform to the requirements of this article. The Washington Township Police Department shall use diligent efforts to identify and locate the owner of the impounded motor vehicle, junk automobile or junk automobile body and notify the owner in accordance with Police Department procedures. The expenses of towing and impoundment shall be borne by and be the responsibility of the owner or lessee of the vehicle.
Any motor vehicle, omnibus, road tractor, trailer, truck or truck tractor which has been lawfully impounded by the Washington Township Police Department and remains unclaimed by the owner of the motor vehicle, omnibus, road tractor, trailer, truck or truck tractor for a period of 15 business days shall be presumed abandoned, and a summons may be issued. The Washington Township Police Department may dispose of any impounded motor vehicle, omnibus, road tractor, trailer, truck or truck tractor which remains unclaimed by its owner in accordance N.J.S.A. 39:10A-1 et seq. of the revised statutes of the State of New Jersey.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be liable for a fine of not less than $100, nor more than $1,000 or imprisonment for a term of not more than 90 days, or both, in the discretion of the Municipal Court Judge.