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Police Towed My Car

Postby MacLeod » Sun Dec 04, 2016 3:05 pm

Lyndhurst, NJ

I live in apartment complex. I have my own off-street parking space but recently I decided to sell my car. So I sticked pair of "for sale" signs with my telephone number and parked the car on the street across the apartment where I live. Parking on the street is allowed if you have resident parking permit which I obtained few days before and hooked to the mirror in the car. So today I came back from work and found out that my car got towed away. Called police and they explained to me that might one of the neighbors complained about unattended car(car was parked absolutely legally) in front of their house(though it is public parking with permit which I have), police made a note in their computer system and waited for 48 hours to see whether the car is going to be attended or not. Even if there is such a law, I think police must leave some sort of notes or warnings on the car. and there was No tickets whatsoever since it was parked legally.

Police said that there is NJ law that states the abovementioned procedure. where can i find that law? is that so? Can I hold the police department to pay towing charges? Small claims court or hire a lawyer?

Instead of towing away the car they could just verify by hanging resident permit card that I live across the street.

Please advise.
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Police Towed My Car

Postby Aeccestane » Sun Dec 04, 2016 5:20 pm

Lyndhurst, NJ

I live in apartment complex. I have my own off-street parking space but recently I decided to sell my car. So I sticked pair of "for sale" signs with my telephone number and parked the car on the street across the apartment where I live. Parking on the street is allowed if you have resident parking permit which I obtained few days before and hooked to the mirror in the car. So today I came back from work and found out that my car got towed away. Called police and they explained to me that might one of the neighbors complained about unattended car(car was parked absolutely legally) in front of their house(though it is public parking with permit which I have), police made a note in their computer system and waited for 48 hours to see whether the car is going to be attended or not. Even if there is such a law, I think police must leave some sort of notes or warnings on the car. and there was No tickets whatsoever since it was parked legally.

Police said that there is NJ law that states the abovementioned procedure. where can i find that law? is that so? Can I hold the police department to pay towing charges? Small claims court or hire a lawyer?

Instead of towing away the car they could just verify by hanging resident permit card that I live across the street.

Please advise.
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Police Towed My Car

Postby Lele » Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:55 am

according to what I find about parking regulations in your town, there are several rules and types of parking permits which are applicable...

Check out the LOCAL laws which I found.  I did not search for state laws.

(  http://clerkshq.com/default.ashx?clientsite=lyndhurst-nj  )

As to parking and towing the vehicle for being parked over 48 hours, that is generally in most city codes and ordnances as what defines an "abandoned vehicle"

And it seems that your town has a severe parking issue which during a quick goggle search came up with many issues and answers..

As to suing the police, well I doubt that you can do that given the rules and regulations which I found listed online.

Not sure if this helps but it is what I found in a quick online search...
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