Section 14-549 Same--Conditions for impounding abandoned property.
Prior to the adoption of Ord. 16077 on 07/06/1999, Section 14-549 read as follows.
(a) Any m
Members of the police department are may
authorize d a towing company to remove
a vehicle from a street, highway or public parking lot to a the nearest
garage or other place of
safety , or to a garage designated or maintained by the police department, or otherwise maintained
by the city under the circumstances hereinafter enumerated:
When any vehicle is left unattended upon
any bridge, viaduct or causeway, or in any tube
or tunnel where such vehicle constitutes an obstruction to traffic. 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 choice.
When a vehicle upon a highway is so disabled
as to constitute an obstruction to traffic
and the person in charge of the vehicle is, by reason of physical injury, incapacitated to such an
extent as to be unable to provide for its custody or removal. Any unattended vehicle illegally
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.
When aAny vehicle is
left unattended upon a street and is so parked as to constitute a
definite hazard or obstruction to the normal movement of traffic or causes any other safety
When aAny vehicle is
left at any place within the city which reasonably appears to be in
violation of this chapter, or is lost, stolen or unclaimed.
When any vehicle 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. 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.
When a vehicle is left unattended on a street
or parking lot in any area marked as a bus
stop or bus stand where parking is prohibited and where such vehicle interferes with entry by a
bus. 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.
Such Abandoned property vehicles
shall be impounded until lawfully claimed or disposed
of in accordance with section 14-306(f) state law.
(c) The city may immediately remove or have removed any abandoned, unattended,
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
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.
(Code 1964, § 12.660; Ord. No. 9749, § 1, 3-9-83)