§12-2503. Towing. [113]


(1) Any vehicle, trailer, dumpster or any other object that is on any "Snow Emergency Route" in violation of subsection 12-2502(4)(a), and upon which a ticket has been affixed for such violation pursuant to subsection 12-2504(2), may be removed or towed to any other location by the Police Department or its designated agent.

(2) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection 12-2503(2), if a vehicle, trailer, dumpster or other object is towed to an Official Towing Station designated pursuant to § 12-2402, then the procedures set forth in Chapter 12-2400, including, but not limited to, the assessment of storage charges pursuant to § 12-2406.1, shall apply. Notwithstanding any contrary provisions of § 12-2406.1, a towing fee shall be assessed in accordance with the fee and procedure set forth in subsection 12-2503(3)(a).

(3) If a vehicle, trailer, dumpster or other object is not towed to an Official Towing Station designated pursuant to § 12-2402, then the following procedures shall apply:

(a) The vehicle or other object shall be towed to a location not on a Snow Emergency Route. A towing fee shall be assessed pursuant to the procedures set forth in Chapter 12-2800 in the amount of fifty dollars ($50) or such higher amount as the Police Commissioner determines by regulation is sufficient to reimburse the costs of towing, including all associated administrative costs. Either a separate ticket giving notice of such towing fee shall be affixed to the vehicle or other object, or notice of such towing fee shall be included as part of the ticket issued pursuant to subsection 12-2504(2);

(b) Notice that the vehicle or other object has been towed shall be sent within thirty (30) days by the Police Department or its designated agent to the owner of record, which notice shall set forth the place to which the vehicle or other object was towed and the reason for such towing. No such notice shall be required if the owner has contacted the Department or its designated agent within seventy-two (72) hours of the towing; and

(c) The owner may reclaim the vehicle at any time without prior payment of any penalties or towing charges.

(4) The following vehicles shall not be subject to towing pursuant to this Section:

(a) Vehicles legally parked at places designated as reserved on-street parking for the physically handicapped and severely-disabled veterans pursuant to § 12-1117. The Police Department or its designated agent may temporarily relocate such vehicles to permit plowing during a Snow Emergency, provided such vehicles are returned immediately after the block has been plowed. No towing or storage charges shall be imposed for such vehicles;

(b) SEPTA and Transport of New Jersey mass transit vehicles (including paratransit vehicles), provided that if SEPTA or Transit of New Jersey has not removed a vehicle within two hours after being notified that a vehicle must be removed from a Snow Emergency Route, such vehicle shall be subject to the towing provisions of this Section; and

(c) Authorized emergency vehicles exempted from parking regulations pursuant to § 12-1304.