[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Glassboro 2-21-2001 by Ord. No. 01-15. Amendments noted where applicable.]
For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings given herein:
- A person engaged in the business or offering the services of a vehicle wrecker or towing service, whereby disabled motor vehicles are towed or otherwise removed from the places where they are disabled, impounded or abandoned by use of a wrecker or truck so designed for that purpose.
On January 1 of each year, the Borough Council shall award a one-year towing contract to all applicants who qualify pursuant to the terms of this chapter. Successful applicants shall be called for Borough towing on a rotating basis according to a schedule established by the Chief of Police. All wreckers will be treated equally.
Any wrecker who fails to respond to calls in a timely fashion or fails to provide adequate service shall be subject to contract termination, upon recommendation of the Chief of Police.
No wrecker shall be called until (s)he has deposited with the Chief of Police proof of insurance, as per the following schedule, which proof shall be reviewed by the Borough insurance broker as to acceptability of the companies and coverage.
Types of insurance and minimum policy limits are as follows:
Automobile liability in an amount not less than $1,000,000 combined single limits.
Workers' compensation as required by statute.
Garagekeepers' liability in an amount not less than $100,000 per location.
Garage liability in an amount not less than $1,000,000 combined single limit.
Miscellaneous coverage to provide complete protection to the Borough against any and all risks of loss or liability, including comprehensive general liability.
Collision coverage for vehicles in tow not less than $100,000.
The Borough shall be listed as an additional insured in all policies and all policies should contain a provision requiring notification to the Borough prior to any policy revision or termination.
The Chief of Police shall adopt and enforce reasonable rules and regulations for wreckers and is hereby designated as the Borough officer responsible for the enforcement of the provisions of this chapter, in accordance with due process of law.
Any wrecker called to tow a vehicle at the request of the Police Department shall charge no more than the maximum fees set forth in the attached schedule which is incorporated into and made a part of this chapter. These maximum fees apply to all towing and storage requests initiated by the Borough, not just requests due to automobile accidents or stolen vehicles. The maximum daily storage charge applies to the entire period of time the vehicle is stored subsequent to a tow requested by the Borough.
Editor's Note: Said schedule is on file in the Borough offices.
Every wrecker called by the Police Department shall keep a record of the name and address of the owner of the towed vehicle and shall file reports, as required by the Chief of Police, which shall include, but not be limited to, itemized towing and storage charges per vehicle. Immediately after towing the vehicle to his/her business establishment, where the vehicle is to be left in the safekeeping of the owner of the wrecker, the owner of the wrecker shall search the vehicle in the presence of the owner or police officer at the scene and make a list of all personal property contained therein.
The impoundment area must be visually screened from the highway.
The facility must be secure. The contractor is responsible for safe storage.
The storage area must be lighted from dusk to dawn.
There shall be a sturdy six-foot fence with locks on gates.
All vehicles will be stored within the Borough in an area zoned for such use.
Proof of ownership or lease of storage area must be submitted. Borough-approved towing companies may not share the same storage facility.
The storage lot will be at least 1/2 acre (21,780 square feet).
Required towing equipment. Equipment must be located within the Borough during all on call periods.
Proof of ownership or lease by the applicant of the required towing equipment must be submitted with the initial application. The same vehicle may not be used by more than one approved towing contractor.
Contractor is not permitted to subcontract for towing services.
Prior to the issuance of any contract, the Chief of Police shall cause to be conducted an inspection of the storage facility and towing equipment to verify compliance with this chapter.