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For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
ABANDONED VEHICLE. Any motor vehicle or other vehicle, boat, trailer or mobile home which is in a state of disrepair, partially dismantled, wrecked, or otherwise inoperable so as to render the vehicle incapable of being driven or used in its condition; or any motor vehicle or other vehicle, boat, trailer or mobile home which has not been moved or used for seven consecutive days or more and is apparently deserted. Any evidence that a motor vehicle has not been moved, under its own power (as distinct from being towed, pushed or pulled) for seven consecutive days or more and is unregistered, shall be prima facie evidence that the vehicle is abandoned within the meaning hereof. The term ABANDONED VEHICLE as aforesaid shall not be construed to include for the purposes of this chapter, any vehicle, boat, trailer or mobile home which is kept in an enclosed building; on the premises of a business enterprise operated in a lawful place and manner, when necessary to the operation of the business enterprise; or in an appropriate storage place or depository maintained in a lawful place and manner by the city or other party.
DERELICT VEHICLE. Any inoperable currently unregistered, discarded motor vehicle, regardless of title having lost its character as a substantial property or left unattended without justification contrary to the public policy expressed in this chapter. The exclusions relative to abandoned vehicle shall also apply to derelict vehicles.
VEHICLE. Every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a street or highway, whether subject to or exempt from registration, excepting however, bicycles, snowmobiles and devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks. It shall include, for purposes hereof, any motor vehicle or other vehicle, boat, trailer or mobile home.
(1980 Code, § 20.1001)