the term "parking area" means any place within the City, whether wholly or partially enclosed or open, at which motor vehicles are parked or stored for any period of time, whether or not consideration is paid or received.
No fees for towing in excess of those set forth in
shall be charged for towing a motor vehicle from a parking area without the prior consent or authorization of the operator or driver of the vehicle.
No fees for storage in excess of those set forth in
shall be charged after the first twelve (12) hours of storage following the towing of a motor vehicle from a parking area without the prior consent or authorization of the operator or driver of the vehicle. No fee or charge shall be made for the first twelve (12) hours of storage after towing of a motor vehicle from a parking area without the prior consent or authorization of the operator or driver of the vehicle to the storage facility.
An operator or driver of a vehicle towed from a parking area without her/his prior consent or authorization shall not be charged or billed for any fees, services, costs, expenses or other things than the towing and storage fees permitted by paragraphs (b) and (c) in this Section.
Anyone paying towing and/or storage fees for a motor vehicle towed from a parking area without the prior consent or authorization of the operator or driver of the vehicle shall be permitted to use a VISA Chargecard, Mastercharge Card or an American Express Chargecard.
If, after a tow truck contacts a motor vehicle in a parking area with the intention of towing it without the prior consent or authorization of the owner or operator of the vehicle, and the owner or operator arrives in the parking area before the vehicle has been towed from its parking space, the tow truck operator shall advise the vehicle's owner or operator that she/he will immediately release the vehicle to such operator or driver upon payment within five (5) minutes in cash, U.S. Currency, VISA charge card, MasterCard or American Express charge card of the towing fee not in excess of the fee permitted by paragraph (b) in this Section. This Section shall only be applicable to towing services not under contract with the City of Pittsburgh.
The towing service under contract with the City of Pittsburgh shall charge vehicle owners/operators a fifty-five dollar ($55.00) fee when a vehicle is released prior to towing. The towing service will retain thirty dollars ($30.00) for the fee and collect twenty-five dollars ($25.00) in trust for the City of Pittsburgh as an administrative fee.
The above fees in subsections (f) and (g) may be charged only if:
The vehicle is either on a flatbed in the process of being pulled onto a flatbed;
The vehicle is connected in any way to a tow truck.
Whoever violates this Section shall be fined a fee not to exceed fifteen dollars ($15.00) per violation.
(Ord. 14-2000, eff. 6-16-00; Am. Ord. 19-2000, eff. 7-13-00; Ord. No. 72-2015, § 1, eff. 12-28-15)