Chapter 14 MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC*
Section 14-549 Same--Conditions for impounding abandoned property.
(a) Any members of the police department may authorize a
towing company to remove to a
place of safety:
(1) Any vehicle on the right of way
of an interstate highway, freeway or state highway left
unattended for more than ten (10) hours, provided that a commercial motor vehicle under state
law not hauling waste designated as hazardous under federal law, may only be removed after the
owner or owner's representative has had a reasonable opportunity to contact a towing company of
(2) Any unattended vehicle illegally
left standing upon any highway or bridge, or a vehicle
left in a position or under such circumstances as to obstruct the normal movement of traffic
where there is no reasonable indication that the person in control of the property is arranging for
its immediate control or removal.
(3) Any vehicle left unattended upon
a street and so parked as to constitute a definite hazard
or obstruction to the normal movement of traffic or causes any other safety hazard.
(4) Any vehicle left at any
place within the city which reasonably appears to be in violation
of this chapter, or is lost, stolen or unclaimed.
(5) Any vehicle when the person operating
the vehicle is arrested for an alleged offense for
which the officer is required to take the person into custody and when such person is unable to
arrange for the timely removal of the vehicle.
(6) Any vehicle left unattended on
a street or parking lot in any area marked as a fire lane, or
as a bus stop or bus stand where parking is prohibited and where such property or vehicle
interferes with entry by a bus.
(7) Any vehicle which, due to any state law or city ordinance,
is subject to towing because of
the owner's outstanding traffic or parking violations.
(8) Any vehicle left unattended in violation of a state law
or city ordinance where signs have
been posted giving notice of the law, or when such property is left unattended in any parking
space clearly marked as reserved for disabled parking only or is found blocking any ramp,
entrance or stile designed and designated for disabled access.
(b) Abandoned property shall be impounded until lawfully
claimed or disposed of in
accordance with state law.
(c) The city may immediately remove or have removed any abandoned,
burned or partially dismantled property, spilled cargo or other personal property from any
roadway or highway in the city if the abandoned property, cargo or personal property is creating
a traffic hazard because of its position upon or in relation to the roadway or highway.
(d) The owner or person in possession of any abandoned property,
cargo or personal property,
when such must be removed from or near a roadway under this section shall be responsible for
payment of all reasonable charges for removal, towing and storage of such abandoned property,
cargo or personal property.
(e) Members of the police department authorizing towing under
this section shall make such
reports as are required by state law.
State law reference - RSMo. 1996 § 304.155.
(Code 1964, § 12.660; Ord. No. 9749, § 1, 3-9-83; Ord. No. 16077, §
(Ord. 16077, Amended, 07/06/1999, Prior Text)