The registered owner may contest the fact that the vehicle has been deemed abandoned, or the reasonableness of the towing fees and daily charges, storage fees, by requesting a hearing conducted pursuant to Sections 252e and 252f of the Michigan Vehicle Code, being MCLA §§ 257.1 et seq. A request for a hearing shall be made by filing a petition with the Court specified in the notice, within twenty (20) days after the date of the notice. If the owner requests a hearing, the matter shall be resolved after a hearing as described above is conducted. The owner of a vehicle who requests a hearing may obtain a release of the vehicle by posting a towing and storage bond, in the amount equal to the accrued towing and storage fees, with the Court. The owner of a vehicle who requests a hearing may obtain release of the vehicle by paying the towing and storage fees instead of posting the towing and storage bond. If the Court finds that the vehicle was not properly deemed abandoned, the police agency shall reimburse the owner of the vehicle for the accrued towing and storage fees.
If the owner does not request a hearing, he or she may obtain the release of the vehicle by paying the accrued charges to the custodian of the vehicle.
If the owner does not redeem the vehicle or request a hearing within twenty (20) days after the date of the notice, the secured party may obtain the release of the vehicle by paying the accrued charges to the custodian of the vehicle and the police agency for its accrued costs.
(Ord. 2129, passed 5-19-1969; Ord. 2854, passed 9-27-1982; Ord. 2939, passed 2-11-1985)
Michigan Vehicle Code, see MCLA 257.252e, 257.252f