The Director of the Department of Community Safety, the Chief of Police, or such Sergeants or other officers of higher rank in the Police Services Division of said Department as they may from time to time designate, may remove, to some convenient place, through the agency of a person or persons acting on behalf of said Police Services Division, any motor vehicles on such ways or portions thereof, an whoever violates such rules, regulations in violation of any rules, regulations or orders which prohibits the parking or standing of all motor vehicles on such ways, or any property under the town's control including parking lots within the curtilage of all school property or portions therof, or order shall be liable for charges for the removal and storage or such vehicle as well as subject to punishment by fine.
If a vehicle is removed pursuant to such rules, regulations or orders, such vehicles shall be held until all charges lawfully paid and, if in the calendar year in which such vehicle is so aggregate have been affixed to said vehicle as provided in Chapter 90, Section 20A ½ of General Laws, until due notice has been received that either the fines provided in such notice have been paid or security for payment therefor has been deposited.
Motor vehicles owned by the Commonwealth or a political subdivision thereof or by the United States government or any instrumentality thereof or registered by a member of a foreign diplomatic corps or by a foreign consular office who is not a citizen of the United States and bearing distinctive number plates or otherwise conspicuously marked as so owned or registered, or any other vehicle specifically exempt by law, shall not, however, be subject to such removal.
Liability shall be imposed for the reasonable cost of such removal, and for the storage charges, if any, resulting therefrom, upon the owner of such vehicle.
Neither the removal nor storage of a motor vehicle under the provisions of this section shall be deemed to be services rendered or work performed by the Town and/or Police Services Division of the Department of Community Safety of the Town. The contractor shall be liable to the owner of such vehicle for any damage caused to its arising out of negligence in the course of such removal and storage.