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(A) Prior to towing any vehicle from a private parking lot, a private tow operator shall contact Louisville Metro Police Department via telephone at (502) 574-5673 and provide the information as set forth in subsections (A)(1) through (A)(5), below. Louisville Metro Police Department will advise the private tow operator to either proceed with the tow or to leave the vehicle for the Louisville Metro Police Department to investigate. Private tow operators towing a vehicle located in a suburban city within Jefferson County that operates its own police department should also notify the suburban city police authority. This notification shall include:
(1) The make, model and vehicle identification number of the vehicle to be towed;
(2) The license number and state of issuance of the license plate;
(3) The location where the tow is to occur;
(4) The location of the private tow company storage yard where the towed vehicle will be taken; and
(5) The telephone number of the private tow operator.
(B) Within one hour of the towing of any vehicle by a private tow operator from a private parking lot, the private tow operator shall notify the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office with similar information as set out in subsections (A)(1) through (A)(5), above, except, in subsections (A)(3) and (A)(4), the private tow operator shall set forth the time and location from where the vehicle was towed, and the location of the private tow company storage yard where the vehicle was taken. After receiving the notification as set forth in subsection (A)(1), above, the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office will, in turn, notify the private tow operator of the name and address of the registered owner of the towed motor vehicle as soon as reasonably practicable. The private tow operator shall be responsible to pay such fees for the aforementioned information in subsection (A)(1), above, to the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office pursuant to its agreement with Metro Government. If the Jefferson County Clerk is unable to provide the information as set forth in subsection (A)(1), above, then the private tow operator shall contact the Commonwealth of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to obtain such information in accordance with KRS 376.275.
(C) Private tow operator shall notify the registered owner of the motor vehicle by registered mail to the name and address obtained from the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office. Private tow operators must also comply with state notification requirements under KRS 376.275.
(1999 Lou. Code, § 111.906) (Lou. Ord. No. 286-1997, approved 12-18-1997; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 107-2005, approved 8-2-2005; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 236-2007, approved 11-12-2007; Lou. Metro Am. Ord. No. 64-2017, approved 4-20-2017)