[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of New Hope 5-9-1983 by Ord. No. 239 (Ch. 7, Part 1 of the 1990 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is the intent of this chapter to prescribe regulations consistent with recognized good practice for the safeguarding of life and property from the hazards of fire and from the conditions hazardous to life and property in the use or occupancy of buildings or premises.
The Borough Council of the Borough of New Hope, upon the recommendation of the Fire Marshal and/or the Fire Chief, shall have the power to restrict and regulate the parking of motor vehicles on all parking lots and parking areas adjacent to any building held open for public use for the purpose of providing proper egress of occupants and ingress of fire-fighting equipment in the event of fire. The Borough Council shall, by resolution, have the power to create fire zones and fire lanes or to accept areas so designated by the owner of private property which is devoted at least in part to public use.
It shall be unlawful for any person to park a motor vehicle of any type whatsoever in an area adjacent to any building which is held open for public use whenever such area has been designated a fire zone or fire lane and official signs thus notifying the public have been erected and accepted by resolution of the Borough Council at such area.
[Amended 6-13-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-08]
[Amended 8-13-1990 by Ord. No. 1990-2; 6-13-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-08]
It shall be the duty of the Fire Marshal, deputy or assistant, and police officers of the Borough of New Hope, acting in accordance with the instructions issued by the Chief of Police, to report:
The location of each vehicle which has been parked in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter.
The date and hour of such violation.
The state license number of such vehicle.
Any other facts and knowledge which are necessary to a thorough understanding of the circumstances attending such violation.
Each such Fire Marshal, deputy or assistant and police officer shall also place on such vehicle a notice to the owner or operator thereof that such vehicle has been parked in violation of the provisions of this chapter, and instructing such owner or operator to report at Police Headquarters in the Borough of New Hope in regard to such violation. Such owner or operator may within 10 days of the time when such notice was attached to such vehicle pay at Police Headquarters as a penalty for and in full satisfaction of such violation, the sum of $15. The failure of such owner or operator to make such payment at Police Headquarters within 10 days shall render such owner or operator subject to the penalties hereinafter provided for violation of the provisions of this chapter.
[Amended 8-13-1990 by Ord. No. 1990-2]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate the parking provisions set forth in § 160-2 of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof before the District Justice for the Borough of New Hope, be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding $1,000 and costs, or in default of payment thereof, shall be subject to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days.
Editor's Note: Original Section 105, Designation of fire lanes, adopted 6-11-1990 by Res. No. 1990-9, and which immeditely followed, was removed at the request of the Borough. A complete list of designated fire lanes is on file in the Borough offices.