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Connecticut Laws | Title 14 Motor Vehicles. Use Of The Highway By Vehicles. Gasoline
CHAPTER 246* MOTOR VEHICLES
Sec. 14-142. Proceedings against negligent court clerk.

(b) Upon finding the allegations of such application to be true, such superior court or judge may issue an order in the nature of a peremptory mandamus requiring such clerk to comply with the provisions of the statutes in relation thereto, which provisions shall be particularly mentioned in such order, and shall render judgment against such clerk with costs as in mandamus proceedings. Any clerk who fails to comply with any order issued by the authority of the provisions of this section shall be in contempt and the court or judge issuing the same may punish therefor as in mandamus proceedings. Any person claiming to be aggrieved by any order issued on such application shall have the same right to review by the Supreme Court as in the case of mandamus proceedings. (1626)

Sec. 14-143. Expenses in unsuccessful prosecutions by state police. (1627)(Text)

Section 14-143 is repealed. (1628)

Sec. 14-144. No fees for arrests for motor vehicle violations. (1629)(Text)

No fee shall be paid to the arresting officer for an arrest made because of a violation of any provision of the general statutes relating to motor vehicles or a violation of an ordinance of any municipality concerning the operation of motor vehicles. (1630)

PART VII GENERAL PROVISIONS (1631)(Text)

Sec. 14-145. Towing or removal of motor vehicle from private property. (1632)(Text)

(a) An owner or lessee of private property, or his agent, may remove or cause to be removed any motor vehicle left without authorization on such property in accordance with the provisions of this section and sections 14-145a to 14-145c, inclusive. This section shall not apply to law enforcement, fire-fighting, rescue, ambulance or emergency vehicles which are marked as such, or to the removal of motor vehicles from property leased by any governmental agency. (1633)

(b) When such motor vehicle is towed or otherwise removed by a wrecker licensed under section 14-66, the licensee or operator of the wrecker shall notify the local police department of the tow or removal within two hours. No such licensee or operator may charge a storage fee for such motor vehicle for the time it is stored prior to such notification. If the motor vehicle is not claimed by its owner within the time periods specified in subsection (e) of section 14-150, the licensee or operator of the wrecker or of the garage where such motor vehicle is stored may dispose of it in accordance with the provisions of subsection (e) of section 14-150. (1634)

(c) Any person who violates any provision of this section shall, for a first offense, be deemed to have committed an infraction and be fined fifty dollars, and, for each subsequent offense, shall be fined not less than fifty dollars nor more than one hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days or be both fined and imprisoned. (1635)

Sec. 14-145a. Express instruction of property owner or lessee required for towing or removal of motor vehicle. Rebate prohibited. (1636)(Text)

(a) No vehicle shall be towed or removed from private property except upon express instruction of the owner or lessee, or his agent, of the property upon which the vehicle is trespassing. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to limit the right of a municipality or the state to remove an abandoned motor vehicle in accordance with the provisions of section 14-150. (1637)

(b) No person or firm which tows or removes a motor vehicle from private property shall rebate or pay any money or other valuable consideration to the owner or lessee, or his agent, of the property from which the vehicle is towed or removed for the privilege of towing or removing that vehicle. (1638)

Sec. 14-145b. Storage and release of towed motor vehicles. (1639)(Text)

(a) Any vehicle towed or removed from private property pursuant to sections 14-145 to 14-145c, inclusive, shall be stored at the site of the towing company's business in a secured storage lot. The site shall be open during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and be reasonably available on Saturday, Sunday and holidays, for the purpose of vehicle redemption. (1640)

(b) When a vehicle has been towed or removed pursuant to sections 14-145 to 14-145c, inclusive, it shall be released to its owner, or a person authorized by the owner to regain possession, upon demand, provided the demand is made between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday or at a reasonable time on Saturday, Sunday or holidays and the owner or authorized person presents proof of registration and pays the costs of towing or removal and of storage. Any vehicle owner, or agent of the owner, shall have the right to inspect the vehicle before accepting its return. No general release of any kind which would release the person or firm towing or removing or storing the vehicle from liability for damages or from liability for any claim that the vehicle was towed without justification may be required from any vehicle owner, or agent of the owner, as a condition of release of the vehicle. A receipt showing the name of the person or firm towing or removing the vehicle and an itemization of the charges shall be provided to the person paying the towing or removal and storage costs at the time of payment. (1641)

Sec. 14-145c. Liability of property owner or lessee for improper towing or removal of motor vehicle. (1642)(Text)

Whenever an owner or lessee of private property, or his agent, improperly causes a motor vehicle to be towed or removed from such property, the owner or lessee of the property shall be liable to the owner of the vehicle for the costs of towing or removal and of storage of the vehicle and for reasonable attorney's fees and court costs, if applicable. (1643)

Sec. 14-146. Objects not to be thrown at motor vehicles. (1644)(Text)

No person shall throw any object at a motor vehicle or at a person in such motor vehicle or on any highway, which may cause injury to such vehicle or the tires thereon or to any person therein. Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be fined for the first offense not more than five hundred dollars and, for each subsequent offense, may be imprisoned for not more than sixty days. (1645)

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