[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Hatfield 2-12-1997 by Ord. No. 420EE (Ch. 6, Part 5, of the 1994 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The provisions of this chapter are designed to secure, promote and protect the public health, comfort, convenience, safety, welfare, peace and quiet of the residents of Hatfield Township by requiring the registration of motorized vehicles and regulating the use thereof, in order to alleviate problems such as, but not limited to, loud, unnecessary and unusual noises within the Township, damage and destruction of personal property, unauthorized use of private lands, disturbances through the creation of unnecessary dust and debris and other inconveniences caused by motorized vehicles to the residents of Hatfield Township.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- MOTORIZED VEHICLE
- Any vehicle propelled by motor vehicle may or may not be licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania including, but not limited to, all vehicles which are required to be licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for use of public highways but which are not licensed because of the owner's intention not to use said vehicles on public highways and all other motorized vehicles which are not covered by the Vehicle Code or other applicable statutes of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This definition shall not be construed to include properly licensed motor vehicles operated upon the public highways, streets, roads and private driveways in accordance with the law, power lawn mowers and garden tractors, agricultural equipment used in the course of farming or commercial equipment being properly used in trade or business by the owner or on the owner's behalf.
- PRIVATE RESIDENCE
- All houses, apartments, mobile homes and other permanent structures occupied by one or more persons as their primary home and residence.
Editor's Note: See 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 101 et seq.
No person, firm, association, corporation or other entity shall use or operate, or permit to be used or operated, any motorized vehicle within the Township without first obtaining a registration permit.
Application for a motorized vehicle registration permit shall be made to the Chief of Police or other authorized representative within 30 days after the vehicle is brought into the Township, on forms prescribed by him, which shall set forth, among other information deemed to be required, the full name, address and telephone number of the owner, the manufacturer, name, serial number and a general description of the motorized vehicle and the name, address and telephone number of all owners of property not owned by the applicant upon which the applicant has permission to operate the motorized vehicle and the location thereof.
Upon approval of the application and payment of the proper fee, the Chief of Police or other authorized representative shall issue a registration permit for the motorized vehicle to the applicant.
The fee for each registration permit shall be $25 per motorized vehicle. The fee fixed herein may be modified from time to time by resolution of the Board of Commissioners.
The registration shall be affixed to the motorized vehicle and displayed in a readily visible manner on the rear of the motorized vehicle at all times.
The registration permit shall remain valid unless revoked, as hereinafter provided, or until there shall be a change of ownership of the motorized vehicle. The change of ownership shall terminate the registration permit.
The sound level of a motorized vehicle operated within the Township shall not create unreasonable noise.
Every motorized vehicle shall at all times be equipped with a muffler in good working order which is in constant operation. No muffler cutout, bypass or similar device shall be installed or used on a motorized vehicle within the Township.
A motorized vehicle shall be operated only during daylight hours, with operation specifically prohibited prior to one hour after sunrise and later than one hour before sunset.
A motorized vehicle shall not be operated on private property of another without the express written permission of the owner or occupant of the property. The written permission shall be in the possession of the operator when the motorized vehicle is being operated on the private property.
A motorized vehicle shall not be operated on public school grounds without express permission or provision to do so by the proper governing authorities of the school district.
A motorized vehicle shall not be operated on publicly owned property, parks, playgrounds or recreational areas without express provision or permission to do so by the appropriate public authority.
A motorized vehicle shall not be operated in a careless, reckless or negligent manner that would endanger the safety of any person or property.
A motorized vehicle shall not be operated in such a manner as to raise or cause excessive amounts of dust or debris.
A motorized vehicle shall not be operated in such a manner as to damage or destroy any real or personal property of another. In addition to any other penalties for the violation of this chapter, a violator of this subsection shall be liable to make restitution for any damage caused to private or public property.
A motorized vehicle shall not be operated on a sidewalk or within the right-of-way of any public or private street being maintained or used as a thoroughfare for legally licensed vehicular traffic unless the operator has a valid motor vehicle operator's license and the motorized vehicle is properly registered and licensed with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a motor vehicle. All provisions of the Vehicle Code and Township ordinances regulating equipment and operation will apply to such use.
One person only shall operate a motorized vehicle. The operator shall not carry any other person nor shall any other person ride on said motorized vehicle unless such motorized vehicle is designed to carry more than one person, in which event a passenger may ride upon the permanent and regular seat if designed for two persons or upon another seat permanently attached to the vehicle to the rear or side of the operator.
A motorized vehicle shall not be left unattended with the engine running while located on property not owned by or under the control of the owner or operator of the motorized vehicle.
All motorized vehicles operated within the Township shall have the following equipment in addition to or in conjunction with all equipment required by the Vehicle Code if the motorized vehicle is licensed as a motor vehicle:
Adequate brakes in good working condition.
Any person, firm, association, corporation or other entity who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600 and costs, and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days.
Upon conviction of a third subsequent offense, the Township shall have the right to revoke for a period of one year the registration permit of the owner committing said offenses or permitting said offenses to occur.