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(1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, it shall be unlawful for any person to remove or direct the removal of a motor vehicle from a parking facility without the vehicle operator’s permission unless the parking facility has permanently erected or affixed signs as provided in section 5.540 of this code.

(2) It is not a violation of this section to remove or direct the removal of a motor vehicle when:

(a) It is ordered to be removed by a police officer or fire officer performing the officer’s official duty;

(b) It violates subsections 5.240(1) or 5.240(2) of this code;

(c) It is parked in an area clearly designated “no parking”; or

(d) It is abandoned.

(Section 4.984, formerly Section 3.884, added by Ordinance No. 19338, enacted June 26, 1985, effective July 26, 1985; renumbered and amended by Ordinance No. 20058, enacted September 9, 1996, effective October 9, 1996; and administratively amended by Ordinance No. 20113, enacted April 6, 1998, effective May 6, 1998).