(a) The owner of any vehicle who has failed to satisfy or answer, in the manner provided by law, six or more parking violation notices or citations for illegal parking, may subject that vehicle to impoundment from public or private property by or at the direction of the DDA.
(b) No vehicle may be immobilized or impounded unless the registered owner of such vehicle has been previously notified by the DDA, its designated representative or the 68th District Court Clerk that the owner’s vehicle(s) may be subject to impoundment due to the owner’s failure to answer or satisfy six or more parking tickets.
(c) This preimmobilization/impoundment notice to the registered owner shall provide that the owner must contact the DDA in writing within 14 days of the date of the notice to request a hearing on the issue of whether the registered owner of a vehicle has accrued six or more parking tickets, which such owner has failed to satisfy or answer in the manner provided by law.
(d) A hearing shall be scheduled at the 68th District Court within 14 days of the registered owner’s written request for the hearing. The 68th District Court Clerk shall notify the DDA, or the designated representative, and the owner of all such hearings immediately upon such hearing being scheduled.
(e) Upon the conclusion of the pre- immobilization/impoundment hearing, the 68th District Court Clerk shall notify the DDA or the designated representative of the DDA of the determination made at the hearing. If the determination is that the registered owner did not accrue six or more parking tickets which the owner failed to satisfy or answer in the manner provided by law, then the DDA or the designated representative shall cease and desist immobilization/impoundment efforts on the outstanding parking tickets and the registered owner included in the determination. If the determination is that the registered owner did accrue six or more parking tickets which the owner failed to satisfy or answer in the manner provided by law, the DDA or the designated representative may proceed forthwith with immobilization and impoundment efforts on vehicles owned by the registered owner.
(f) Any vehicle impounded under this section may remain impounded until such time as all outstanding parking violation notices or citations have been satisfied or answered, in the manner provided by law, and all towing and storage charges associated with the impoundment of the vehicle have been paid by the owner of the vehicle or the owner’s agent.
(Ord. 2841, passed 6-28-1982; Ord. 3199, passed 3-23-1992; Ord. 3694, passed 7-9-2007; Ord. 3721, passed 7-28-2008)