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For purposes of this chapter the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
BOOT. A wheel lock or any other instrument that is attached to a motor vehicle in order to immobilize it. As context requires, BOOTING can include any or all of the activities involved in controlling unauthorized parking by means of immobilization of a vehicle, including but not limited to applying a boot, monitoring parking lots for unauthorized vehicles, and/or demanding or accepting payment to remove a boot. IMMOBILIZATION may be used interchangeably with BOOTING herein.
BOOTING SERVICE. Includes any person or entity that engages in, or that owns or operates a business that engages in, the booting of motor vehicles for compensation.
ESTABLISHMENT. The use of a structure for a commercial purpose.
MOTOR VEHICLE. A Class A, B, or C motor vehicle as defined in G.S. § 20-4.01(23).
PRIVATE PARKING LOT. Any privately-owned area created, designated or used for the parking of two or more vehicles. As used herein, private parking lot does not include driveways, garages or other parking areas or yards of single-family or duplex residences.
TOWING COMPANY. Includes any person or entity that engages in, or that owns or operates a business that engages in, the towing of motor vehicles for compensation.
TRESSPASS TOW. To tow a motor vehicle that is parked on a private parking lot without the property owner's or agent's consent without the consent of the motor vehicle's owner or operator, i.e., a non-consensual tow.
(Ord. passed 12-15-2016)