Chapter 8.44


8.44.010    Definitions.

8.44.020    Impoundment of unauthorized vehicle.

8.44.010 Definitions.

(A) “Enforcement authority” means the mayor, or his or her designee, or any law enforcement officer.

(B) “Vehicle” shall include, but not be limited to, automobiles, motorcycles, trucks, buses, motorized recreational vehicles, campers, travel trailers, boat trailers, utility trailers, or other similar devices capable of moving or being moved on the public right-of-way, and shall also include parts of vehicles. (Ord. 408 § 1, 2010).

8.44.020 Impoundment of unauthorized vehicle.

(A) Whenever the enforcement authority discovers an apparently unauthorized vehicle left within a public street, alley, right-of-way, developed or not, park, trail, and any and all other real property owned by the town of Index, the enforcement authority shall follow the procedures and requirements of RCW 46.55.085 to impound the vehicle.

(B) “Unauthorized vehicles” shall have the same definition as provided in RCW 46.55.010. In addition, a vehicle shall be deemed an unauthorized vehicle if it has been left unattended in an unopened right-of-way, trail, or park, or on any other real property owned by the town of Index for twenty-four (24) hours, unless it constitutes an accident or traffic hazard as defined in RCW 46.55.113, in which case it shall be deemed an unauthorized vehicle subject to impoundment immediately.

(C) Whenever an officer impounds a vehicle pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, the officer shall complete an authorization form approved by the chief of police which specifies the section of this chapter or Chapter 46.55 RCW authorizing the impound. The impound authorization form may include a law enforcement notice of infraction or citation for an offense for which an impound is authorized.

(D) The provisions of Chapter 46.55 RCW shall govern the disposition and sale of abandoned unauthorized vehicles. (Ord. 408 § 2, 2010).