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(A) The Town may cause the removal of a vehicle to a storage garage or area by the tow truck operator or towing business contracting to perform the services for the Town. Whenever a vehicle is removed, the Town shall immediately notify the last known registered owner of the vehicle, the notice to include the following:
(1) The description of the removed vehicle;
(2) The location where his or her vehicle is stored;
(3) The violation with which the owner is charged, if any;
(4) The procedure the owner must follow to redeem the vehicle; and
(5) The procedure the owner must follow to request a probable cause hearing on the removal.
(B) The Town shall attempt to give notice to the vehicle owner by telephone. Whether or not the owner is reached by telephone, written notice, including the information set forth in divisions (A)(1) through (5) above, shall also be mailed to the registered owner's last known address, unless this notice is waived in writing by the vehicle owner or his or her agent.
(C) If the vehicle is registered in North Carolina, notice shall be mailed within 24 hours. If the vehicle is not registered in the state, notice shall be mailed to the registered owner within 72 hours from the removal of the vehicle.
(D) Whenever an abandoned or junked motor vehicle is removed, and the vehicle has no valid registration or registration plates, the Town shall make reasonable efforts, including checking the vehicle identification number, to determine the last known registered owner of the vehicle and to notify him or her of the information set forth in divisions (A)(1) through (5) above.
(1989 Code, § 90.37) (Ord. passed 4-14-1992)