Sec. 24-163. Towing and ticketing illegally parked vehicles.

 

(a)   Vehicles parked in violation of this chapter, upon the public streets and highways of the city shall be subject to being towed away.

 

(b)   Vehicles parked in violation of this chapter in a publicly-owned, off-street parking lot, in a restricted privately-owned parking lot or on private property within the city, without the consent of the owner or tenant thereof, shall be subject to being towed away, if the said parking lot or private property is properly posted.

 

(c)   Any person parking a vehicle in a properly-posted, privately-owned parking lot in violation of this chapter or without the consent of the owner or tenant thereof, shall be guilty of a parking violation and the vehicle shall be subject to being towed away by the owner or tenant of such lot or property. If the identity of the operator of a vehicle in violation of this section cannot be determined, the owner or person in whose name such vehicle is registered shall be held prima facie responsible for such parking violation. When any law enforcement officer observes or is advised that a vehicle may be in violation of this section, he or she shall make a determination as to whether violation of this section has in fact occurred and, if so, may personally attach to such vehicle a parking ticket, directed to the owner or operator of such vehicle, which shall set forth the nature of the parking violation. As used in this section, law enforcement officer shall include any authorized representative of a law enforcement agency.

 

(d)   Any person parking a vehicle in a properly-posted, publicly-owned parking lot in violation of this chapter or without the consent of the owner or tenant thereof, shall be guilty of a parking violation and the vehicle shall be subject to being towed away by the owner or tenant of such lot or property. If the identity of the operator of a vehicle in violation of this section cannot be determined, the owner or person in whose name such vehicle is registered shall be held prima facie responsible for such parking violation. When any law enforcement officer observes or is advised that a vehicle may be in violation of this section, he or she shall make a determination as to whether violation of this section has in fact occurred and, if so, may personally attach to such vehicle a parking ticket, directed to the owner or operator of such vehicle, which shall set forth the nature of the parking violation. As used in this section, law enforcement officer shall include any authorized representative of a law enforcement agency.

 

(e)   Signs designating a parking lot or private property, as set forth in paragraph (b) above, shall be readily visible and shall state the purpose or purposes for parking on the parking lot or private property, state the hours for restricted parking, and state who to contact for information regarding a towed vehicle. 

 

Source:  Ord. No. 3095, 8, 10-8-82; Ord. No. 3509, 1, 10-19-87; Ord. No. 3976, 1, 8-16-93; Ord. No. 4056, 1, 10-3-94; Ord. No. 4414, 2, 7-6-99; Ord. No. 4441, 1, 12-20-99

Cross reference--Similar provisions, 24-150.