St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 17.56 Division II Vehicle Towing Code Part I
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17.56.020 Removal--Reasons enumerated.
As used in this chapter:
A. "Abandon" means any act of physically depositing a vehicle or any part or parts of a vehicle, upon any public street, alley or other public right-of-way, or any public land, or upon any private land, and includes any separate act of leaving unattended, any part or parts or residue of any vehicle resulting from the dismantling or dismemberment of any vehicle or elements thereof on any public street, alley or other public right-of-way, or any public land, or upon any private land, whether or not such person dismantling or dismembering placed the vehicle or any part or parts thereof upon such land prior.
B. "Abandoned vehicles and abandoned parts" means all vehicles containing or intended to contain an engine, trailers, whether coupled or not, and any part or parts of vehicles left abandoned on any property.
C. "Emergency removal" means the removal of a vehicles where the vehicle's location or condition poses a real and imminent danger or hazard to the safety of others, menace to traffic, or interferes with the repair, maintenance, cleaning or emergency use of the public right-of-way.
D. "Impoundment area" means any area or areas so designated by the Board of Police Commissioners with the approval of the Director of Streets or designated by the Director of Streets as a storage area for vehicles or parts removed pursuant to this chapter.
E. "Non-emergency removal" means the removal of a vehicle where the vehicle's location or condition poses no real and imminent danger or hazard to the safety of others nor menace to traffic.
F. "Owner of a parcel of land" means any person, firm, corporation or other legal entity possessed with the lawful right to control any parcel of land, and shall include any person, firm or corporation having a recorded mortgage, lien, or other encumbrance on the parcel of land.
G. "Owner of vehicle" means any owner as recorded in the records of the appropriate state authority, and shall include any holder of a recorded security interest in the vehicle.
(Ord. 60935 §§ 1 (B) (part), 2, 1988.)
17.56.020 Removal--Reasons enumerated.
A. Emergency Removal. Whenever:
1. Any vehicle is so disabled on the street as to constitute a hazard or obstruction to traffic and the person in charge of the vehicle is unable to provide for its timely removal;
2. Any vehicle is parked on the public right-of-way and is directly interfering with the flow of traffic, the maintenance or the emergency use of the public right-of-way;
3. Any vehicle is stopped on the street and the driver is taken into custody by the Police Department and such vehicle would thereby be left unattended on the street.
B. Non-emergency Removal. And whenever:
1. Any vehicle is parked in a place where parking is not permitted;
2. Any vehicle is parked in violation of other parking provisions;
3. Any vehicle is parked on the street, roadway or other public place without current state license plates;
4. Any vehicle is within the City limits having four (4) or more previously issued parking violation notices or one (1) or more traffic summonses, that the driver, owner or person in charge of said vehicle has failed to answer or on which he has failed to appear;
5. Any vehicle is continuously parked on a street or alley for more than five days;
6. Any vehicle is parked continuously for five days on any street, alley, roadway or driveway where parking is permitted on property owned by the St. Louis Housing Authority;
7. Any vehicle is parked on private land without the consent and upon the complaint to the Police Department or the Street Department by the owner, lessee or person in charge of such property and such owner, lessee or person in charge agrees to guarantee the payment of all towing and storage charges;
8. Any abandoned vehicle parts or part of a vehicle have been deposited on any street, alley, or other public right-of-way including any street, alley, roadway or driveway owned by the St. Louis Housing Authority, or any other land owned by a public agency within the City limits;
9. Any vehicle on private land does not operate or is in such a condition as to constitute a public safety hazard, whether it does or does not have license plates currently registered to that vehicle, except:
a. A vehicle which is completely enclosed within a building or fenced area so as to not constitute a hazard to children and which is not visible from the public street or other public or private property,
b. A vehicle or part thereof which is standing or parked in a lawful manner on private property in connection with the business of a licensed salvage, scrap or junk dealer;
10. Any abandoned vehicle parts or part of a vehicle is deposited on any private land; such vehicle or vehicle parts or part of a vehicle may be removed subject to provisions of this chapter, codified as Sections 17.56.030 and 17.56.040. The Police Department or Director of Streets through their agents or contractors are vested with the discretion to determine what constitutes an illegally parked vehicle, abandoned vehicle or abandoned vehicle part (of a vehicle) according to this section.
11. Any vehicle is continuously parked on a street or alley in the opposite direction of travel for more than twenty-four (24) hours not including dead end streets or dead end alleys.
(Ord. No. 68299, § 1, 2-16-2009: prior: Ord. 60935 §§ 1 (B) (part), 3, 1988.)
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