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Title 16A Transportation

Chapter 16A.61 Rules of the Road

Section 16A.61.577 Impoundment of Unauthorized Vehicles on Public Property
  1. Definitions
  1. "Impound" means to take and hold a vehicle in legal custody. There are two types of impounds—public and private.
  1. "Public impound" means that the vehicle has been impounded at the direction of a law enforcement officer or by a public official having jurisdiction over the public property upon which the vehicle was located.
  1. “Public Property” means any street, road, public highway or other publicly owned property. 
  1. "Unauthorized vehicle", for purposes of this section, means a vehicle that is subject to impoundment after being left unattended in one of the following circumstances:
  1. Constituting an accident or a traffic hazard as defined in RCW 46.55.113 . . . . Immediately
  1. On a highway and tagged as described in RCW 46.55.085 . . . . 24 hours
  1. In a publicly owned or controlled parking facility, properly posted under RCW 46.55.070 . . . . Immediately
  1. In violation of any of the restrictions subject to vehicle impoundment under Chapter 16A.61 SMC.
  1. If a vehicle is in violation of the time restrictions of RCW 46.55.010(14) as set forth in subsections (4)(a) through (4)(c) above, or is in violation of any of the restrictions subject to vehicle impoundment set forth in section (4)(d) above, it may be impounded by a registered tow truck operator at the direction of a law enforcement officer or other public official with jurisdiction if the vehicle is on public property.
  1. In addition to law enforcement officers, the Director of Developer Services and/or Parking Enforcement, or his or her designee, is a public official with jurisdiction over the public property and with authority to authorize impoundment of unauthorized vehicles on public property.
  1. The impoundment of unauthorized vehicles on public property under this section shall incorporate all procedures related to vehicle impoundment as set forth in Chapter 46.55 RCW. Chapter 46.55 RCW, as now enacted or hereinafter amended, is hereby adopted by reference as if fully set forth herein.

 

Date Passed: Monday, September 30, 2019

Effective Date: Sunday, November 10, 2019

ORD C35814 Section 1