My question involves a traffic citation from the state of: Arizona, City of Scottsdale
Less than a month ago I purchased a 1971 Datsun 240Z from a friend, he is currently in Maine, and was going to visit AZ and help me apply for a bonded title this summer to make street legal.
I had parked the vehicle in the corner of my complex, in a completely legal spot. In the past week, maintenance came around and repainted all the fire lanes on the curbs, and painted the curb next to my car red, although it was previously NOT a fire lane. I have a picture of the parking spot before and after it was painted into a so called "fire lane."
Long story short, I was parked in a legitimate spot, somebody came around under my nose and painted the curbs red without informing me, and now my vehicle is gone.
I have reported a stolen vehicle with Scottsdale PD, and have contacted to tow company. The tow company says the vehicle was towed for fire lane violation on a random patrol.
According to Scottsdale Code and Ordinance:
“503.2.8 Fire apparatus access roads. The chief may establish fire lanes on public
and private property for access and setup for fire-fighting equipment apparatus and vehicles.
All fire lanes shall be marked in the following manner:”6
“1. Fire lane signs Design Procedures and Criteria per City of Scottsdale
Standard Detail, and / or
“2. Curb, street or driveway painted red to indicate fire lane and labeled
“FIRE LANE NO PARKING” in white block letters 3 inches (76.2mm) in
height, 3/4 in. (19.5 mm) stroke, on the vertical face of the curb to indicate
“3. Lettering shall not be greater than 50'-0" (15.24m) apart and shall be
posted at the beginning and end of the fire lane.”
With this information, the corner was not a fire lane, because it does not meet the criteria of 503.2.8 section 2, "painted red to indicate fire lane AND labeled
“FIRE LANE NO PARKING” in white block letters." The corner where my car was does not have any letters written in it, declaring it a fire lane.
My question or advice I see now is:
Was this a legal tow on behalf of the tow company?
My vehicle full of tools and personal belongings is now gone from my private property and I do not have the title to get it back. How can I prove that this was my vehicle on my property, and reclaim it?
Can a police officer assist on reclaiming from the tow yard in some way if I have proof of residency? The Scottsdale PD has record of it being towed my my address/complex.
Thank you all for the input. This is a very unfortunate situation, and do not want to lose this vehicle I have invested thousands of dollars in.