Town of South Brunswick
New Jersey

Ordinance
ORD-2017-32

Amending and Supplementing Chapter 122, Article IV, Towing

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              WHEREAS, the Township of South Brunswick maintains Chapter 122, Article IV, administering, licensing and regulating the business of tow trucks and towing operators within the Township of South Brunswick; and

 

              WHEREAS, certain changes to various fees and other provisions of Chapter 122, Article IV, have been recommended; and

 

              WHEREAS, the Township Council has reviewed the recommendations and believes that it is in the best interests of the residents and motoring public within the Township of South Brunswick to make these changes;

 

              NOW THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED by the Township Council of the Township of South Brunswick, County of Middlesex, State of New Jersey, that:

 

I.              Chapter 122, Article IV, Towing, shall be and is hereby amended and supplemented as follows, with deletions in strikethrough and additions in underline:

 

Sec. 122-174. - Minimum standards for wreckers.

(c)              No towing business on the township tow list shall operate a flatbed or conventional wrecker that is more than 20 25 years old for township-sanctioned towing services. No towing business on the township tow list shall operate a heavy-duty wrecker that is more than 30 years old for township-sanctioned towing services. All towing businesses on the township tow list will have a grace period of one year from March 24, 2003 to comply with this requirement.

 

Sec. 122-177. - Towing rates, storage charges and service fees.

(a)              Charges for the towing, storage and service of disabled or impounded vehicles shall not exceed the following rates:

(1)              Flatbed or conventional wreckers shall be $115.00 145.00 per hour per truck for any type of service call. The towing assignment begins when the tow vehicle leaves the tow operator's yard and concludes at the point at which the towed vehicle is dropped at the place of storage.

(2)              The fee for a heavy-duty wrecker shall be $300.00 475.00 per hour per truck for any type of service call. The towing assignment begins when the tow vehicle leaves the tow operator's yard and concludes at the point at which the towed vehicle is dropped at the place of storage.

(3)              If the vehicle is towed to police headquarters and subsequently towed to the towing service storage facility, a second towing fee for the tow from headquarters to the storage facility may be charged pursuant to the fees set forth in subsections (a)(1) and (2) of this section. Storage charges will commence on the day the vehicle is towed from headquarters to the storage facility.

(4)              Storage of any passenger motor vehicle: $30.00 45.00 per day for outdoor storage; $60.00 65.00 per day for indoor storage.

(5)              Storage of trucks 18,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) or less: $30.00 per day for outdoor storage; $60.00 per day for indoor storage. Reserved.

(6)              Storage of trucks over 18,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR): $2.00 per running foot, per day for outdoor storage; $4.00 per running foot per day for indoor storage.

(7)              Storage of tractors and/or trailers: $2.00 per running foot, per day.

(8)              Storage of motorcycles: $30.00 45.00 per day.

(9)              Storage of mopeds, ATVs and snowmobiles: $30.00 45.00 per day.

(10)              Daily storage fees shall be assessed at the time the vehicle is placed in the storage yard.

(11)              Each towing business on the township tow list may assess a one-time "yard fee" in the amount of $25.00 45.00 to cover handling costs of a vehicle while in storage. This fee may be assessed only after the vehicle is in storage for more than four calendar days.

(12)              Clean-up fee for the clean up of debris on the highway or at the scene of an accident and application of absorbent material may be charged at the rate of $45.00 75.00 per vehicle. The fee for absorbent material shall be $15.00 20.00 per bag.

(13)              Vehicle preparation before a vehicle can be towed, such as when vehicles are locked or stuck in gear or have large parts, such as doors, bumpers, exhaust systems or moldings, hanging from them, where the labor extends past one-quarter hour, shall entitle the tow operator to charge a fee of $50.00 per quarter hour.

(14)              Tow operators may charge $50.00 per quarter hour for winching fees .

(15)              A tow business on the township tow list may assess a one-time "administrative fee" in the amount of $25.00 45.00 to compensate for time spent on the telephone with customers, insurance companies or police, and time spent copying, faxing or sending e-mails by staff.

 

Sec. 122-179. - Conduct and requirements of businesses.

The following shall apply to the conduct and requirements of towing businesses pursuant to this article:

(24)              All towing businesses which are on the township tow list must accept all forms of payment from motorists; however, towing businesses are not required to accept personal checks.

 

 

II.              If any clause, sentence, paragraph, section or part of this ordinance or any other codes or ordinances incorporated herein shall be adjudged by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such judgment shall not affect, impair or invalidate the remainder hereof, but shall be confined in its operation to the clause, sentence, paragraph, section or part thereof directly involved in the controversy in which said judgment shall have been rendered.

 

III.              This ordinance shall become effective twenty (20) days after its final passage.

 

The above ordinance was introduced and passed on first reading at a regular meeting of the Township Council of the Township of South Brunswick held on September 12, 2017, and will be considered on second and final reading and final passage at a regular meeting of the Township Council of the Township of South Brunswick to be held at the Municipal Building, Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, at 7:30 p.m. on October 10, 2017, at which time and place any person having an interest therein will be given an opportunity to be heard.