In addition to the assessment of the applicable civil penalty pursuant to Article VI, any Vehicle parked in violation of this Ordinance may be removed to a storage area. The Chancellor or his/her designee may refuse to authorize release of the Vehicle to the owner or custodian until the towing fee, storage fees, and all other outstanding balances owed to the Department of Transportation and Parking are paid in full or a payment plan established during normal business hours.

The owner or custodian of a Vehicle impounded under any regulation of this Ordinance may appeal the impoundment in person or in writing within ten calendar days to the Chancellor’s designated Hearing Officer pursuant to Appeals. Submitting an appeal to the Chancellor’s designated Hearing Officer does not substitute for payment of the towing or storage fees for removal of the impounded Vehicle.

The Chancellor, through his/her delegated administrative officers, is authorized to have towed from Campus any Vehicle violating the provisions of this Ordinance. A towing fee shall be charged, in addition to any applicable penalty for violation of the Ordinance, to reimburse the University for its costs in removing the Vehicle.

Towing fees are as follows:

Standard Tow
$90.00
Dolly Wheels Used
$100.00

If the operator of the Vehicle to be towed arrives at the Vehicle prior to the tow truck moving the Vehicle from where it was parked, such operator shall still be responsible for the cost of the tow fee, which is charged to the University upon the dispatch of the tow truck. If the tow truck has initiated towing actions and the Vehicle’s owner has arrived, the Vehicle will not be released until the appropriate fees have been paid to the Department of Transportation and Parking.

A storage fee of $10.00 per day may be charged to the owner or custodian of Vehicles left at the University compound for more than twenty-four hours after towing. A storage fee of $2.00 per day may be charged for bicycles, skateboards, or in-line skates, as well as a $10.00 impoundment fee.

A valid driver’s license must be provided by the owner/operator of the Vehicle prior to its release.

Any Vehicle parked in violation of this Ordinance or any parking regulation issued hereunder may be immobilized by use of a wheel boot. Notice of the application of a wheel boot shall be posted prominently in one of three locations:

  1. on the driver’s side of the front window of the Vehicle,
  2. on the rear windshield, or
  3. on the driver’s side window.

Placement of the notices will depend on the type of Vehicle. A Vehicle immobilization fee shall be charged, in addition to any applicable penalty for violation of the Ordinance, to reimburse the University for its costs in immobilizing the Vehicle.

The Chancellor or his/her designee may refuse to authorize release of the Vehicle to the owner or custodian until the immobilization fee, storage fees, and all outstanding balances owed to the Department of Transportation and Parking are paid in full or a payment plan established during normal business hours. Wheel boots may only be removed by the Department of Transportation and Parking staff or the Department of Public Safety staff, upon payment of the
$55.00 Vehicle immobilization fee. If the operator of the booted Vehicle arrives at the Vehicle prior to the parking control officer leaving the scene, such operator shall still be responsible for the cost of the Vehicle immobilization fee. The owner or custodian of the Vehicle impounded under any regulation of this Ordinance may appeal the immobilization in person or in writing within ten calendar days to the Chancellor’s designated Hearing Officer, pursuant to Appeals. Submitting an appeal to the Hearing Officer is not a substitute for payment of the immobilization fee.

Vehicles immobilized for longer than twenty-four hours shall be removed to a storage area. The owner/custodian of the Vehicle shall be responsible for both the immobilization and tow fees and applicable storage fees.

Any Vehicle that is partially dismantled or wrecked and/or deemed abandoned under Controlled-Access Zones and/or does not display a current license plate and such Vehicle is left in such condition for more than 10 days shall have a warning tag placed on it by a parking control officer. Such tag shall provide notice that if the Vehicle is not removed within 5 days from the date reflected on the tag, it will be considered abandoned and derelict. Such Vehicles shall be removed at the end of the 5-day period to the University storage area at owner’s expense and disposed of in accordance with Disposal of Abandoned and Derelict Vehicles.
  1. An “abandoned Vehicle” is one that has been removed to the University’s storage area pursuant to authority granted in this Ordinance and has remained in said storage for longer than five days. A “derelict Vehicle” is a Vehicle:
    1. that has an expired registration and the registered and legal owner no longer resides at the address listed on the last certificate of registration on record with the North Carolina Department of Transportation;
    2. that has major parts removed so as to render the Vehicle inoperable and incapable of passing inspections as required under existing standards;
    3. that has the manufacturer’s serial plates, Vehicle identification numbers, license plate numbers, and any other means of identification removed so as to nullify efforts to locate or identify the registered and legal owner;
    4. for which the registered and legal owner of record disclaims ownership or releases his/her rights thereto; or
    5. for which the Vehicle is more than twelve years old and does not bear a current license as required by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
  2. When any derelict or abandoned Vehicle is in the University’s possession, the University shall dispose of it in accordance with North Carolina statutes.
  3. Any proceeds from the sale of a derelict or abandoned Vehicle, after costs have been deducted for removal, storage, investigation, sale, and satisfying any liens of record on the Vehicle, shall be held by the University for thirty days and paid to the registered owner upon demand. If the owner does not appear to claim the proceeds within thirty days after disposal of the Vehicle, the funds shall be deposited in the University Department of Public Safety Trust Fund, and the owner’s rights therein shall be forfeited forever.
  4. No person shall be held to answer in any civil or criminal action to any owner or other person legally entitled to the possession of any abandoned, lost, or stolen Vehicle for disposing of the Vehicles as provided in this section.
It shall be lawful for the Chancellor, through his/her delegated administrative officers, to impound at the owner/rider’s expense, any bicycle that is considered abandoned, junked, lost/stolen, parked/stored or operated in violation of this Ordinance, or state or local fire safety regulations. It shall be lawful for the Chancellor, through his/her delegated administrative officers, to remove security devices attached to Vehicles for impoundment purposes. The University shall not be held liable for damages made to bicycles or locks while impounding or during storage of the bicycle.

It shall be lawful for the Chancellor, through his/her delegated administrative officers, to impound at the owner’s/rider’s expense any skateboard or in-line skates that are considered abandoned, junked, lost/stolen, or operated in violation of this Ordinance. The University shall not be held liable for damages done to skateboards or in-line skates while impounded. Owners/riders of impounded skateboards or in-line skates may claim them in person at the Department of Transportation and Parking in the University Department of Public Safety building, subject to the payment of the penalty fee, if applicable, under Parking Control for violation of Sidewalks and Landscape. Owners/riders who are under age 18 must bring a parent or guardian with them to claim impounded skateboards or in-line skates. The Department of Public Safety staff or the Department of Transportation and Parking staff, upon payment of the $10.00 bicycle/skateboard impoundment fee, may release impounded bicycles and skateboards.

Bicycles that remain stored on racks for more than thirty days at the end of any academic term, including summer sessions, will be deemed University property.

Letters shall be sent notifying bicycle owners with registered permits when Vehicles have been impounded; when owner is unknown, notice shall be posted at the Department of Transportation and Parking in the Department of Public Safety building. Bicycles unclaimed thirty calendar days after the original date of impoundment shall be deemed University property.

When the owner/rider of a skateboard or in-line skates is known, he or she shall be given or sent a letter notifying him or her that the skateboard or in-line skates have been impounded and informing the owner/rider how to claim the impounded skateboard or in-line skates. Where the owner/rider of an impounded skateboard or in-line skates is under age 18, a copy of the letter shall be sent to his or her parent or guardian, if known. When the owner/rider is unknown, notice shall be posted at the Department of Transportation and Parking in the Department of Public Safety building. Skateboards or in-line skates unclaimed within sixty days after the original date of impoundment shall be deemed University property.

Proceed to Appeals