Township of Lower Gwynedd, PA
Montgomery County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
STATUTORY REFERENCES
Regulation of parking — See 53 P.S. § 67328.
Stopping, standing and parking — See 75 Pa. C.S.A. § 3351 et seq.
GENERAL REFERENCES
Stopping at intersections in parking lots — See Ch. 456, Section 456.01.
Parking by peddlers and canvassers — See Ch. 850, Section 850.08.
Off-street parking and loading generally — See Ch. 1294.
Exterior storage of motor vehicles — See Ch. 1298, Section 1298.08.

§ 460.01 Definitions.

[Added 10-26-2010 by Ord. No. 476[1]]
For purposes of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:
BOAT OFF OF A TRAILER
A boat which has been removed from a trailer, dolly or other conveyance and is resting or sitting upon blocks, wood, metal or any other material which prevents said boat from coming in contact with the highway surface; also any boat which is resting or sitting upon the highway surface itself without means of support.
BOAT ON A TRAILER
A boat which is attached to, connected to or resting or sitting upon a trailer as defined herein.
(a) 
A motor vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver; or
(b) 
A motor vehicle, other than a taxicab or limousine, designed to transport not more than 15 passengers, including the driver, and used for the transportation of persons for compensation.
FULL TRAILER
A trailer so constructed that no part of its weight rests upon the towing vehicle. A semitrailer attached to a towing vehicle by means of any auxiliary front axle or dolly shall be deemed to be a "full trailer."
(a) 
A trailer which is designed, constructed and equipped as a dwelling place, living abode or sleeping place (either permanently or temporarily) and is equipped for use as a conveyance on streets and highways.
(b) 
A trailer containing a chassis and exterior shell designed and constructed for use as a house trailer as defined in Subsection (a) of this definition, but which is used permanently or temporarily for advertising, sales, display or promotion of merchandise or services or for any other commercial purpose except the transportation of property.
TRAILER
An apparatus designed, used or maintained primarily to be towed by a motor vehicle.
TRUCK-CAMPER
A structure designed, used or maintained primarily to be loaded or affixed to a motor vehicle to provide a mobile dwelling, sleeping place, office or commercial space.
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Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Section 460.01, Commercial and heavy vehicles on Railroad Avenue, as adopted by Ord. No. 81, passed on 6-21-1965.

§ 460.02 Fire zones.

[Ord. 103. Passed 3-16-1970]
(a) 
No person shall park a motor vehicle or permit it to stand, whether attended or unattended, on a parking lot or drive, or on an access road thereto, adjacent to any school, apartment, hospital, church, rest home, shopping center, commercial building or other building open to the public, when such area is posted with a "fire zone no parking" sign, which sign shall be erected for the purpose of restricting parking so that occupants will have proper egress and so that fire equipment will have proper ingress in case of fire.
(b) 
Subsection (a) hereof shall become effective in those areas that are, from time to time, specifically designated by resolution of the Board of Supervisors and upon the passage thereof. Official signs shall be erected by the Township to give notice of the prohibition.

§ 460.03 Snow emergencies.

[Ord. 104. Passed 3-16-1970; Ord. 311. Passed 11-14-1994]
(a) 
Whenever snow falls to a depth of two inches or more or the Township declares a highway emergency, no owner or occupier of any premises or his or her guest or business invitees shall park any vehicle on any street or highway of the Township if the owner or occupier of the premises owns or has access to a garage, driveway or other location for parking motor vehicles off of the street or highway.
If the owner or occupier of a premises does not have or have access to such off-street parking location, then and only in such event shall parking be allowed upon a public street. However, such parking on the street shall be on one side thereof only; on the side of the street of odd-numbered residences; provided, however, that where parking restrictions are permanently in effect, such restrictions shall prevail, notwithstanding the provisions of this section.
(b) 
Where off-street parking is available, automobiles must be parked well within the driveway so as not to protrude into the roadway and possibly interfere with snowplow equipment or passing vehicles.
(c) 
It shall be unlawful to throw, shovel or plow snow into or upon any roads and streets within the Township from adjoining property with the intent of allowing such snow to remain on such roads and streets.

§ 460.04 Time limit parking.

[Added 8-21-2007 by Ord. No. 449]
(a) 
It shall be unlawful for any vehicles to park on Florence Drive for a period of time exceeding two hours on Monday through Friday, legal holidays excepted. Violations of this provision shall be subject to any and all penalties as more particularly set forth in this chapter.

§ 460.05 Parking prohibited at all times.

[Added 5-12-2009 by Ord. No. 464]
Parking shall be prohibited at all times in the following locations:
Street
Side
Location
Brights Lane
[Added 10-26-2010 by Ord. No. 476]
South
From Pennlyn Pike to Pen Ambler Road
Houston Road
[Added 2-23-2010 by Ord. No. 471]
South
From the westerly curb of the entrance to the Meadows to a point 75 feet to the west
Old Penllyn Pike
North
At the intersection of Penllyn Pike for a distance of 541 feet in an easterly direction
Old Penllyn Pike
North
At the intersection of Pershing Road for a distance of 40 feet in a westerly direction
Old Penllyn Pike
South
At the intersection of Creekview Drive for a distance of 40 feet in a westerly direction
Old Penllyn Pike
South
At the intersection of Penllyn Pike for a distance of 684 feet in an easterly direction

§ 460.06 Parking time limited.

[Added 5-12-2009 by Ord. No. 464]
No person shall park a vehicle or allow it to remain parked for longer than the time indicated in any of the following locations, at any time on the days and between the hours indicated:
Street
Side
Location
Days
Hours
Parking Time Limit
Old Penllyn Pike
North
From a point 40 feet from intersection with Pershing Road to a point 77 feet from the intersection with Pershing Road
Mon.-Fri., except legal holidays
12:01 a.m. Mon. to 12:00 a.m. Fri.
4 hours

§ 460.06.1 Commercial and heavy vehicles on streets.

[Added 10-26-2010 by Ord. No. 476[1]]
It shall be unlawful for the owner or operator of any truck, tractor-trailer, recreational vehicle, motor home or commercial vehicle having a gross vehicle weight of 9,001 pounds or greater, or a Class 1 to Class 3 vehicle, as defined in the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code, having a gross vehicle weight from 5,000 pounds to 9,000 pounds which is affixed in combination to a trailer or other apparatus, to park such vehicle on any street (public or private) situated in Lower Gwynedd Township between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. The parking of such vehicles between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. shall be permitted only when providing services or making deliveries to or improvements for the property owners on such streets.
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Editor's Note: This ordinance added this new section as § 460.06. The section was renumbered as § 460.06.1 because the Code already contained a § 460.06.

§ 460.07 Heavy vehicles on nonresidential properties.

[Added 10-26-2010 by Ord. No. 476]
(a) 
Parking of Buses and Trucks. No owner, occupant or tenant of any nonresidential property which provides a parking lot for motor vehicles for public use shall permit the use of such parking lot for the parking of buses or trucks, nor shall the owner or operator of any bus or truck permit such vehicle to be so parked; provided that the parking of buses and trucks shall be permitted when buses are parked awaiting passengers patronizing said property; trucks are parked for the purpose of patronizing the property; or trucks are loading or unloading at the property.
(b) 
Parking of Nonmotor Vehicles. No owner, occupant or tenant of any nonresidential property which provides a parking lot for motor vehicles for public use shall permit the use of such parking lot for the parking of full trailers, house trailers, trailers, truck-campers, boats on trailers or boats off trailers, nor shall the owner or operator of any full trailer, house trailer, trailer, truck-camper, boat on a trailer or boat off a trailer permit such vehicle to be so parked.

§ 460.08 Nonmotor vehicle parking.

[Added 10-26-2010 by Ord. No. 476]
(a) 
It shall be unlawful for the owner/operator of any full trailer, house trailer, utility trailer, boat on a trailer (both connected and not connected to a tow vehicle), or any truck-camper attached or not attached to a motor vehicle to park at any time on any street (public or private) situated in the Lower Gwynedd Township with the following exceptions:
(1) 
When making deliveries or in conjunction with providing services or improvements to a property on such street; or
(2) 
When parking by contractors, painters, plumbers, landscapers, service and repair persons and persons supplying similar trades on streets abutting properties where work is being performed, which work requires the presence of such vehicles, and only during the time the work is actually in progress.

§ 460.99 Penalty.

[Adopting Ordinance; Res. 91-43. Passed 12-17-1991; Ord. 311. Passed 11-14-1994]
(a) 
Vehicles which have been parked in a manner which hampers snow removal efforts shall be subject to towing at the owner's expense. The owners of such vehicles shall be subject to a fine for obstructing traffic as set forth in Subsection (b) hereof. Except as otherwise provided in Subsection (b) hereof, whoever violates or fails to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter, for which no specific penalty is otherwise provided, shall be fined not more than $25 for each such offense.
(b) 
Fines for the following parking violations shall be as provided in the following table:
Violation
Fine
Parking in a fire zone
$10.00
Parking in a handicapped parking only area
$50.00 to $200.00
Parking in a prohibited area
$10.00
Double parking
$10.00
Parking less than 25 feet from an intersection
$10.00
Parking in an alley
$10.00
Obstructing traffic
$10.00
Facing against traffic movement
$10.00
Parking more than 6 inches from a curb
$10.00
Parking in front of a private driveway
$10.00