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For the purpose of this subchapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
(1) A vehicle located on public property illegally;
(2) A vehicle left on public property without being moved for 24 hours;
(3) A vehicle located on public property in such a manner as to constitute a hazard or obstruction to the movement of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on a public right-of-way;
(4) A vehicle that has remained on private property without the consent of the owner or person in control of that property for more than 48 hours;
(5) A vehicle from which the engine, transmission, or differential has been removed or that is otherwise partially dismantled or inoperable and left on public property;
(6) A vehicle that has been removed by a towing service or a public agency upon request of an officer enforcing a statute or an ordinance, other than this chapter, if the impounded vehicle is not claimed or redeemed by the owner or the owner’s agent within 20 days after the vehicle’s removal; and
(7) A vehicle that is at least three model years old, is mechanically inoperable, and is left on private property continuously in a location visible from public property for more than 20 days. For the purposes of this section, a vehicle covered by a tarpaulin or other plastic, vinyl, rubber, cloth, or textile covering is considered to be visible.
APPARENTLY INOPERABLE VEHICLE. Missing wheels, motors, tires, transmission, or other major parts that affect operability. Also may include a vehicle that is so extensively damaged it cannot be self-propelled or moved in the manner in which it was originally intended to move.
AUTOMOBILE SCRAPYARD. A business organized for the purpose of scrap metal processing, automobile wrecking, or operating a junkyard.
BUREAU. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
FISCAL BODY. The Town Council.
JUNK VEHICLE. Any vehicle including travel trailers, mobile homes, motor homes, motorcycles, boats, buses, semi-trucks, trucks, semi-truck trailers, utility trailers, and other similar conveyances which meets any of the following criteria:
(1) Is an apparently inoperable vehicle;
(2) Is without valid registration or current license plates;
(3) Is partially dismantled;
(4) Is a wrecked vehicle; or
(5) Has a fair market value equal only to the approximate value of the scrap in it.
OFFICER. Any regular member of the Town Police Department.
OWNER. The last known record titleholder of a vehicle according to the records of the Bureau under I.C. 9-17.
PARTS. All components of a vehicle that as assembled do not constitute a complete vehicle.
PRIVATE PROPERTY. All property other than public property.
PUBLIC AGENCY. A local agency given the responsibility by statute or ordinance for the removal, storage, and disposal of abandoned vehicles.
PUBLIC PROPERTY. A public right-of-way, street, highway, alley, park, or other state, county, or municipal property.
TOWING SERVICE. A person that engages in moving or removing abandoned or disabled vehicles and, once the vehicles are moved or removed, stores or impounds the vehicles.
VEHICLE. An automobile, motorcycle, truck, trailer, semitrailer, tractor, bus, school bus, recreational vehicle, a trailer or semitrailer used in the transportation of water craft, or motorized bicycle.
WRECKED VEHICLE. A vehicle so extensively damaged that it cannot be self-propelled or move in the manner in which it was originally intended to move and/or has missing or extensively damaged window(s), missing wheels, motors, tires, transmission, or other major parts that affect operability.