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§ 12-2406.1. Fees And Charges.

(1) Fees shall be assessed to cover the costs of immobilization and/or impoundment of any vehicle or combinations immobilized or impounded pursuant to the provisions of this Chapter or other provisions of law:

(a) A one hundred and fifty ($150.00) dollar boot fee and/or a one hundred and seventy-five ($175.00) dollar towing and removal fee for vehicles or combinations under 11,000 pounds; and

(b) A one hundred and fifty ($150.00) dollar boot fee and/or a two hundred and fifty ($250.00) dollar towing and removal fee for vehicles or combinations at or over 11,000 pounds up to 17,000 pounds; and

(c) A one hundred and fifty ($150.00) dollar boot fee and/or a three hundred and sixty ($360.00) dollar towing and removal fee for vehicles or combinations at or over 17,000 pounds.

(2) Storage charges for the storage of any vehicle or combination impounded under the provisions of the Chapter or other provisions of law shall be calculated:

(a) At the rate of twenty-five ($25.00) dollars for each twenty-four hour period or fraction thereof, for the first five (5) days of impoundment, and twenty-five ($25.00) dollars for each twenty-four (24) hour period or fraction thereof thereafter for vehicles under 11,000 pounds; and

(b) At the rate of forty ($40.00) dollars for each twenty-four hour period or fraction thereof, for vehicles at or over 11,000 pounds up to 17,000 pounds; and

(c) At the rate of seventy-five ($75.00) dollars for each twenty-four hour period or fraction thereof, for vehicles at or over 17,000 pounds.

(3) The foregoing charges shall not be assessed against the owner of any vehicle taken into custody by the Department in the course of a criminal investigation, except that such charges shall be assessed if:

(a) The vehicle is not reclaimed within twenty-four (24) hours of notice to reclaim the vehicle; or

(b) The owner of the vehicle is arrested and charged with an offense related to such investigation; provided, however, that, if the owner is acquitted of all charges, or all charges are dropped, the owner shall have the right to reimbursement of such fees.

(4) Notwithstanding the foregoing, no more than $15 shall be charged to the owner of any vehicle taken into custody by a towing company on behalf of the Department to cover the City's administrative costs related to towing, storage and recovery when the vehicle has been reported stolen to the Police Department or illegally used by a person other than the owner of the vehicle, without his authorization, express or implied.

(5) No vehicle towed to an Official Towing Station shall be released to its owner, lienholder or anyone claiming a right of possession until all outstanding fees, charges and fines are paid. Any person who disputes the validity or the amount of such fees, charges or fines may demand an expedited hearing pursuant to § 12-2406; except that, for vehicles towed pursuant to provisions of law other than this Chapter, such hearing may only be had after the Police Department determines the vehicle is available to be reclaimed, and the only issue at such hearing shall be the validity and amount of the fees, charges and fines. Prior to such determination, a vehicle may only be reclaimed pursuant to Police Department regulations or to the Rules of Criminal Procedure.

(6) No more than one hundred and five dollars ($105) shall be charged to the owner of any vehicle to cover the costs related to towing and recovery when the vehicle has been reported stolen to the Police Department or illegally used by a person other than the owner of the vehicle, without his authorization, express or implied. This amount is inclusive of the City's $15 administrative cost.

(7) No towing company may charge more than eighteen ($18) dollars per day for storage of a vehicle that has been reported stolen by its owner to the Police Department, or illegally used by another person other than the owner of the vehicle, without his authorization, express or implied, up to a maximum of one hundred seventy-five ($175.00) dollars in total storage charges.

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