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New Jersey Statutes, Title: 39, MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC REGULATION

    Chapter 3C:

      Section: 39:3C-35: Impoundment of certain vehicles, disposition.

          1. a. A snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle, or dirt bike operated on any public street, highway, or right-of-way in violation of section 17 of P.L.1973, c.307 (C.39:3C-17) shall be impounded by the law enforcing agency and subject to a fee and costs as hereinafter provided:

(1) For a first offense, the snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle, or dirt bike shall be impounded for not less than seven days and shall be released to the registered owner upon proof of registration and insurance and payment of a fee of $500 payable to the municipality, plus reasonable towing and storage costs.

(2) For a second or subsequent offense, the snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle, or dirt bike shall be impounded for not less than 14 days and shall be released to the registered owner upon proof of registration and insurance and payment of a fee of $750 payable to the municipality, plus reasonable towing and storage costs.

b. If the registered owner of a snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle, or dirt bike impounded pursuant subsection a. of this section fails to claim the impounded snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle, or dirt bike and pay all outstanding fees and costs by midnight of the 30th day following the day on which the snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle, or dirt bike was impounded, that snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle, or dirt bike may be sold at public auction. Notice of the sale shall be given by the impounding entity by certified mail to the owner of the snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle, if the owner's name and address are known, and to the holder of any security interest filed with the Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, and by publication in a form prescribed by the chief administrator by one insertion, at least five days before the date of the sale, in one or more newspapers published in this State and circulating in the municipality in which the snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle, or dirt bike is impounded.

c. At any time prior to a sale pursuant to subsection b. of this section, the owner or other person entitled to the snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle, or dirt bike may reclaim possession upon showing proof of registration and insurance and paying all outstanding fees and costs associated with the impoundment, and reasonable towing and storage costs.

The owner-lessor of a snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle, or dirt bike impounded pursuant to paragraph (1) or (2) of subsection a. of this section shall be entitled to reclaim possession without payment and the lessee shall be liable for all outstanding fees and costs associated with the impoundment, towing and storage of the snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle.

d. Any proceeds obtained from the sale of a snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle, or dirt bike at public auction pursuant to subsection b. of this section in excess of the amount owed to the impounding entity for the reasonable costs of towing and storage and any fees or other costs associated with the impoundment of the snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle, or dirt bike shall be returned to the owner of that snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle, or dirt bike, if the owner's name and address are known. If the owner's name and address are unknown or the person or entity cannot be located, the net proceeds shall be administered in accordance with the "Uniform Unclaimed Property Act," R.S.46:30B-1 et seq.

L.2019, c.505, s.1.

This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2020-07-01 16:21:29.






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