Article 1 Tainan City formulates this Self-Government Ordinance for the purposes of improving traffic order, removing roadway obstructions, and maintaining traffic safety.
Article 2 The Competent Authority of this Self-Government Ordinance is the Bureau of Transportation of Tainan City Government (hereinafter referred to as “the Government”).
The parts of this Self-Government Ordinance concerning the jurisdiction of the Government’s Police Bureau shall be executed by the Government’s Police Bureau.
Article 3 The scope of vehicles as referred to in this Self-Government Ordinance includes the following:
1. All forms of motor vehicles with two or more wheels.
2. Trailer trucks, full trailer trucks, semi-trailer trucks, trailers, full trailers, semi-trailers, and tractors.
3. Pedal bicycles, electric assisted bicycles, electric bicycles, and human-powered or animal-powered vehicles.
4. Other motive machines driven on roadways.
The provisions of the preceding paragraph shall apply, mutatis mutandis, to dealing with tow trailers and containers.
Article 4 A vehicle that corresponds to one of the following conditions may be towed away from its present location and impounded:
1. Parked in a place where there is a sign or marking to indicate that parking is prohibited.
2. Parked in a place other than as referred to in the preceding subparagraph, causing obstruction to traffic.
3. Having experienced a malfunction or having been damaged in an accident while being driven, so that it cannot be driven away, and this situation not dealt with promptly, causing obstruction to traffic.
4. Using a roadway to park a trailer truck, full trailer truck, semi-trailer truck, trailer, full trailer, semi-trailer, tractor, tow trailer, or container.
5. A vehicle that cannot be driven having been left at the side of a road, and the owner having been notified to remove it within a prescribed time limit, but having failed to deal with it within the prescribed time period.
6. Other situations in which, according to law, a vehicle may be towed away and impounded.
Article 5 A tow truck executing the removal of a vehicle shall be accompanied by a police officer. The policeman shall be responsible for issuing a ticket, and after removal of the vehicle, shall mark on the ground in the original parking place the license plate number of the vehicle, the time of its removal, the place in which it is impounded, and a contact telephone number.
Article 6 A vehicle that is removed shall be moved to an impound lot designated by public announcement of the Competent Authority.
Article 7 A vehicle removed to an impound lot shall be dealt with in accordance with the following stipulations:
1. The police officer accompanying the executing tow truck shall sign and issue a notice of the reason for towing away the vehicle, and deliver this to the administrative personnel of the impound lot to sign for receipt.
2. Where there is any violation by the parked vehicle, the police officer accompanying the executing tow truck shall issue a ticket, fill out a Notice of Road Traffic Violation, and deliver the same to the administrative personnel of the impound lot to sign for receipt and pass on to the vehicle owner.
3. If the vehicle is held in impoundment for more than three days without being claimed, the administrative personnel of the impound lot shall submit a request to the Competent Authority or the Government’s Police Bureau to ascertain the owner of the vehicle, and notify such person to collect the vehicle within a stipulated time limit. If no owner is ascertained, the vehicle’s make, factory plate and engine number shall be noted, and a public announcement for collection made by the Competent Authority or the Government’s Police Bureau. Where the vehicle has not been claimed within the due period and the owner cannot be ascertained, and if no one has collected the vehicle within three months of public announcement for collection being made, then the vehicle shall be auctioned by the Competent Authority or the Government’s Police Bureau. After the removal charges, impoundment charges, and other necessary costs have been deducted from the auction proceeds, the balance shall be deposited according to law.
4. Where the vehicle is found to have been stolen or involved in a criminal case, it shall be notified to the Police Bureau’s Criminal Investigation Corps or the local police station to deal with according to law.
5. The impound lot shall record the vehicle’s make, the location from which it was towed, the period of impoundment, the fees payable, and the owner’s name, address and ID card number. The owner shall sign or affix their seal to this record, to furnish for examination.
Article 8 The charging standards for the removal and impoundment of various violating vehicles and containers shall be separately prescribed by the Government.
Article 9 Vehicles towed away before the coming into effect of this Self-Government Ordinance, within the areas under the jurisdiction of the former Tainan City or former Tainan County, shall be subject respectively to the charging schedules of the former Tainan City Self-Government Ordinance for Dealing with Vehicles Obstructing Traffic or the former Tainan County Self-Government Ordinance for Dealing with Vehicles Obstructing Traffic.
Article 10 Removal charges and impoundment charges shall be paid to the impound lot, which shall settle accounts each day, and make payment into the treasury on the next working day.
Article 11 When the administrative personnel of an impound lot return an impounded vehicle, they shall check and verify documentary proof of the vehicle’s ownership and the receipt for the removal and impoundment charges.
Article 12 This Self-Government Ordinance is effective from the date of promulgation.