Township of Burlington, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Burlington 9-26-1972; amended 3-27-1984 (Sec. 14:9 of the 1975 General Ordinances). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 15.
Noise — See Ch. 360.

§ 570-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
MOTOR-DRIVEN VEHICLE
Includes, but is not expressly limited to, minibikes, motor scooters, swamp buggies, snowmobiles, trail bikes, all-terrain vehicles, go-carts, motorized bicycles, mopeds and motorcycles.
PRIVATE GROUND
All ground or property in private ownership and not included in the definition of quasi-public ground.
PUBLIC GROUND
All ground or property owned by a federal, state or local government or subdivision thereof and any other ground or property in the public domain not otherwise included in the definitions of private and quasi-public ground.
QUASI-PUBLIC GROUND
All ground or property which is paved for use ancillary to a commercial, retail or other business establishment and which is regularly and customarily used by the general public during normal operating hours.

§ 570-2 Regulations. [1]

It shall be unlawful to operate motor-driven vehicles as follows:
A. 
Private ground. On private ground without the express prior written consent of the owner and/or the occupant of the property. If such prior written and ongoing consent has been obtained the operator shall keep the consent available on his person during the period of operation.
B. 
Quasi-public ground. On quasi-public ground without the express prior written consent of the owner and/or the occupant of the property. If such prior written and ongoing consent has been obtained, the operator shall keep the consent available on his person during the period of operation. It shall not be unlawful, however, to operate a motor-driven vehicle, properly registered and operated in accordance with applicable motor vehicle laws, on quasi-public property during the normal business hours of the business facility connected with such property.
C. 
Public ground. On any public grounds or property.
D. 
Noise. Without a muffler in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise and annoying smoke, and no person shall use a muffler cutout, bypass or similar device:
(1) 
Without the presence of all original operating equipment specified therefor by the original manufacturer, with the same in operating condition at least equal to the manufacturer's requirements for the proper operation thereof, or the equivalent thereof.
(2) 
In such a manner as to create unnecessary or unusually loud noises as to disturb or interfere with generally prevailing community standards concerning the right of the public to peace and quiet. To this end, no person shall operate a motor-driven vehicle before the hour of 9:00 a.m. and after sunset.
E. 
Public safety. In a careless, reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger or be likely to endanger the safety or property of any person.
F. 
Safety.
(1) 
Without a helmet, together with goggles or face shields, such as is approved therefor by the State of New Jersey, Department of Transportation.
(2) 
Engaging in fancy or trick riding or ride without maintaining full control of such motor-driven vehicle or removing both hands from the handlebars.
(3) 
Carrying any other person thereon except in a place designated therefor and equipped therefor as part of the original manufacture for said purpose, and in no event shall a rider be carried on the handlebars thereof.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 570-3 Parent's responsibility.

It shall be rebuttably presumed about any person under the age of 18 years who operates a motor-driven vehicle in violation of the terms of this chapter and who resides with his or her parent, guardian or other person having custody of said person, that said person under the age of 18 years is operating said motor-driven vehicle with the sufferance and permission of said parent, guardian or other person having custody. Any parent, guardian or other person who shall be deemed to have permitted or allowed with sufferance the operation of a motor-driven vehicle contrary to the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed in violation of the provisions of this chapter and subject to the penalties provided herein.

§ 570-4 Juvenile delinquent.

Any person under the age of 17 years who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed to be a juvenile delinquent and may be proceeded against as such.

§ 570-5 Impoundment.

A police officer is authorized to impound any motor-driven vehicle operated on public or private property alleged to be in violation of this chapter either by virtue of its operation and use or by virtue of its operation by an unlicensed operator.

§ 570-6 Violations and penalties. [1]

Any person of the age of 17 years or older who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding $2,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, or any combination thereof.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).