SUBJECT: GENERAL ORDINANCE FOR TOWING
KEY WORDS: MOTOR VEHICLE, SNOW REMOVAL
POLICE, PARKING DEPTS., DPW
C. 90, S. 20A, C. 159A & B
01/10/95, 03/23/93, 04/08/86, 07/10/84,
05/19/81, 02/03/81, 12/16/80
Any vehicle parked or standing in such manner, or in such areas as are
hereinafter described on any way under the control of the City of Lynn shall be
removed at the owner’s expense in accordance to this ordinance.
Authorization of Police or Public Authority.
The moving or towing of any
vehicle under the provisions of this section shall be by and at the direction of
the Chief of Police or such officer(s) of the rank of Sergeant or higher as he
may from time to time designate or public authority or an officer assigned by
the City Council to enforce ordinances in the City of Lynn or Parking Director.
Fees. City Council sets fees
Removal or Towing Fee.
Rates as certified under C. 159A
& B shall apply.
Snow Removal & Storage Charge
Rates as certified under C. 159A
7 B shall apply
Liability for damage during removal or storage.
Contractor liable for damages
arising out of negligence in the course of removal.
General Prohibition Tow Zones.
No person shall stand or park or
allow, permit or suffer any vehicle registered in his name to stand or park in
any of the following places. Vehicles
found in violation of the provisions of this section, except those specifically
exempt by law, shall be removed to a convenient place under the direction of an
officer of the Police Department or Parking Director and the owner of the
vehicle so removed or towed away shall be liable to the cost of such removal and
storage, if any as set forth in paragraph 3 of this ordinance.
The owner of any vehicle so removed or towed away under the provisions of
this section shall also be subject to the penalties of C. 90, S. 20A. (1) Not
criminal offense; (2) First offense no fee but appearance; Second, Third,
Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and subsequent $15.00; (3) If failure to appear or if fine
unpaid then summons to appear twenty-one (21) days – if failure to appear then
arrest and license revoked.
Upon any way in such manner as to impede the removal or plowing of snow
or ice and sweeping of streets after public notice except vehicles parked in
accordance with approved regulations governing All Night Parking
Upon any sidewalk.
Upon any way within Twenty (20) feet or an intersecting way, except
Upon any crosswalk.
Upon the way within Ten (10) feet of a fire hydrant.
On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb
of the way (Double Parked).
In front of a public or private driveway.
Upon any way where the parking of a vehicle will not leave a clear and
unobstructed lane of at least Ten (10) feet wide for passing traffic.
Upon any public way between the hours of 22:00 and 06:00 any commercial
vehicle parked, which is one ton or over, or any trailer, camper or boat and
Vehicle parked in the opposite direction of on-coming traffic.
Cars parked on watershed land without proper identification.
Vehicles parked in designated tow zones as established by ordinance.
Immediate removal of abandoned vehicle from public property or public
Registered of unregistered motor
vehicles shall be removed immediately at owner’s expense from any public
property or public way for the following reasons:
No license plates attached to vehicle.
No valid inspection sticker.
Car obviously cannot be moved because of flat tires or being determined
as unsafe vehicle, that is lack of proper illuminating devices such as
headlights or taillights, broken windshield, vehicles found standing on blocks,
Abandonment of motor vehicles on public or private ways.
No person shall abandon a
registered motor vehicle upon any public or private way or upon any property
other than his own without the permission of the owner or lessee of said
property. An officer of the Police
Department or Parking Director during the normal performance of his duties shall
have removed from a public of private way or private property any motor vehicle
which has been determined to be:
Illegally parked (ticketed by Police or Meter Maid).
Obstructing a sidewalk for the flow of pedestrian traffic
Unauthorized vehicle on city owned property.
Trailers, Campers, Boats and Trailers.
E. Any vehicle snowbound on public way.
Fines for violations as set forth in subsection 6 and 7 shall be
9. Establishing towing
Except when an emergency exists
the Police Department shall establish a list of qualified towing companies and
rotate that list when possible.
Any Police Officer during the
normal performance of his duties, shall have removed from a public or private
way or private property, without the consent of the owner, immediately, any
motor vehicle for the following reasons:
Vehicle involved in a crime.
Vehicle obstructing where it creates a problem for the proper protection
of life and limb. (Such as Rescue
Unit, Fire Apparatus, Ambulance or any such emergency vehicle).
Vehicle suspected of being used in transportation of stolen articles or
Any vehicle determined to be a potential hazard parked on public or
private property within six (6) feet of building.
During the period of snow emergency, no vehicle will be towed from a City
of Lynn street unless directed by the Police Chief or DPW Commissioner of his
designee, Further, that prior to
any vehicle being towed that a verbal warning by the Police of DPW be issued by
loud speaker, advising residents that their vehicle is about to be towed.
Towing vehicles during the
performance of Public Authority Work is considered to be Emergency Vehicles.
Police to keep records.
The Police Department shall keep
a record of all such vehicles towed or removed under the provisions of this
ordinance. Such record shall be
maintained for one (1) year and shall contain the following information:
The registration of the vehicle.
The location from which it was towed, and time and date of tow order.
The location to which it was moved.
The fee charge for towing.
Name of Towing Contractor, if any.
Name and rank of Officer who authorized towing.
Release of vehicle.
The towing company will not
release any vehicle until receiving written authorization from the Lynn Parking
Department. The Lynn Police
Department will have the discretion to release vehicles should the Parking
Department be closed.
FINE - $25 per offense.
Main ordinance 07/10/84