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  • Summary date: Mar 21 2023 - View Summary

    Enacts new GS 20-219.2A making it illegal for any person other than the owner or lessee of a privately owned or leased parking space to park a motor vehicle in such private parking space without the express permission of the owner or lessee of such space if the private parking lot is clearly designated as private by the required signage and, if individually owned or leased, the parking lot or spaces within the lot are clearly marked by signs setting forth the name of each individual lessee or owner. Allows the illegally parked vehicle to be immobilized upon the written request of the parking space owner or lessee, and the registered owner of such motor vehicle will be liable for removal of the immobilization device. Specifies that who immobilizes the vehicle is not liable for damages for the installation or removal of the immobilization device to the owner, lienholder, or other person legally entitled to the possession of the vehicle removed; however, any person who intentionally or negligently damages a vehicle while installing or removing the immobilization device may be liable for damages. Specifies that these provisions do not apply until 72 hours after the required signs are posted. Violations are an infraction penalized by no more than $100 in the discretion of the court. Makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for a person to remove or attempt to remove an immobilization device without authorization from the person or company that installed the device, and by doing so damages the device to cause its loss. Requires the statute to be interpreted to preempt the authority of any county or municipality to enact ordinances regulating immobilization devices on vehicles in private lots. Applies to offenses committed on or after December 1, 2023.