[Adopted 3-3-2008 by Ord. No. 372]
This article shall be known and may be cited as the "Quarryville Borough Parking Ordinance."
Words and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed in the Vehicle Code, 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 101 et seq., as hereinafter amended, supplemented, modified or reenacted by the General Assembly of Pennsylvania (hereinafter referred to as the "Vehicle Code"), unless the context clearly indicates a different meaning. In this article, the singular shall include the plural, the plural shall include the singular, and the masculine shall include the feminine and neuter genders.
- Quarryville, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
- LEGAL HOLIDAYS
- New Year's Day, Presidents' Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas.
- POLICE CHIEF
- The chief of the Police Department.
- POLICE DEPARTMENT
- The Quarryville Borough Police Department or any successor municipal or multi-municipal police department having jurisdiction within the corporate boundaries of the Borough.
- POLICE OFFICER
- Any officer of the Police Department.
- Shall be used interchangeably with the word "highway" and shall have the same meaning as the word "highway" defined in the Vehicle Code.
All traffic and parking regulations of a permanent nature shall be enacted as ordinances, as parts of ordinances, as amendments to ordinances or as amendments to this article.
The provisions of this article, so far as they are the same as those of ordinances in force immediately prior to the enactment of this article, are intended as a continuation of such ordinances and regulations and not as new enactments. The provisions of this article shall not affect any act done or liability incurred, nor shall they affect any suit or prosecution pending or to be instituted to enforce any right or penalty or to punish any offense under any such ordinances or regulations aforesaid.
The Police Chief or Maintenance Superintendent shall have the following powers to regulate traffic and parking temporarily and in time of emergency.
In the case of fire, flood, storm or other emergency, to establish temporary traffic and/or parking regulations;
In the case of emergency or to facilitate public works, or in the conduct of parades, processions or public events, to restrict or prohibit traffic and/or parking in limited areas for periods of not more than 72 hours.
Such temporary and emergency regulations shall be enforced by the Police Department in the same manner as permanent regulations. Any person who shall operate or park a vehicle or tractor in violation of any such regulations, or who shall move, remove, destroy, injure or deface any sign or marking erected, posted or made to give notice of the regulation, shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to the penalty set forth in the Vehicle Code or elsewhere in this article for a violation of such nature, and, in case of a violation for which no specific penalty is set forth in the Vehicle Code or elsewhere in this article, to a fine of not more than $25, together with costs of prosecution.
The Borough Council may, from time to time by resolution, designate places upon and along the highways in the Borough where for a period of not more than 90 days, specific traffic and/or parking regulations, prohibitions and restrictions shall be in force and effect, and shall designate such locations by proper signs and markings. Such regulations, prohibitions and restrictions shall be effective as if they had been specified in this article. No person shall operate or park a vehicle or tractor in violation of any such regulation, prohibition or restriction, and no person shall move, remove, destroy or deface any sign or marking erected, posted or made by authority of this section. Any person who shall violate any provision of this section shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to the penalty set forth in the Vehicle Code or elsewhere in this article for violation of such nature, and in case of a violation for which no specific penalty is set forth in the Vehicle Code or elsewhere in this article, to a fine of not more than $25 together with costs of prosecution; provided, the purpose of this section is to allow for the testing and experimental determination of the feasibility and desirability of permanent changes in the ordinances of the Borough relative to traffic and parking.
Police officers are hereby given authority to direct traffic on the highways of the Borough and at intersections thereof and to enforce the provisions of this article.
No person shall drive a vehicle, other than a human-powered vehicle, upon a sidewalk or sidewalk area except upon a permanent or duly authorized temporary driveway. Any person who shall violate any provision of this section shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of $25 together with costs of prosecution.
No vehicle shall be parked upon either public or private property in a zone which shall have been posted in a manner prescribed by law designating the zone as a handicapped parking area unless such vehicle bears a handicapped registration plate or a disabled American veteran registration plate or a disability parking placard, and is being used to transport a handicapped person or disabled veteran. Any person who violates any provision of this section shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine not to exceed $50 together with costs of prosecution.
No vehicle shall be parked for a continuous period (as hereinafter defined) of more than two hours between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on days other than Sundays and legal holidays on the hereafter-designated portions of the following streets:
The hours referred to in this section shall be according to standard or daylight time, whichever is currently being observed in the Borough. The purpose of this section is to prevent street parking spaces from being monopolized by a few "all-day" parkers and to free such spaces for short time use by greater numbers of people on shopping and business errands; and, therefore, to effectuate this purpose, a vehicle shall be deemed to be parked "continuously," within the meaning of this article, if it is removed from one parking place and reparked, within 15 minutes thereafter, in another parking place on any street within the above specified restricted area within 500 feet of the former parking place.
Every vehicle parked upon a highway shall be positioned to the right side of the highway with the right-side wheels within 12 inches of the curb or right-hand edge of the highway. On one-way streets, vehicles may be parked with either the right or left side thereof to the curb when headed in the legal direction of traffic, unless parking on such side is otherwise prohibited. Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be subject to the penalties set forth in § 385-22 of this article.
No vehicle shall be parked within 15 feet of any fire hydrant.
No vehicle shall be parked within 20 feet of any intersection of two or more highways.
No vehicle shall be parked within 30 feet of any stop sign, flashing signal light, yield sign, or traffic control signal.
No vehicle shall be parked within 50 feet of any railroad crossing.
No vehicle shall at any time be parked in front of any private garage or driveway or within a private drive so as to impede or prohibit entrance or exit, unless the vehicle blocking such garage, driveway or private drive is that of the owner of the garage, driveway or private drive. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no vehicle shall be parked in any manner so as to impede or prohibit the passage of emergency vehicles. Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be subject to the penalties set forth in § 385-22 of this article.
No vehicle shall remain parked upon any arterial or collector highway for a period in excess of 48 hours. For the purpose of this provision, those roads designated as arterial or collector roads in Chapter 420, Zoning, shall be considered arterial and collector highways.
It shall be a violation for any person to do any of the following on any public streets or highways within the Borough of Quarryville:
Park a motor vehicle that does not have either a current registration or current inspection sticker.
Park on a sidewalk.
Park in any area or zone where parking is prohibited by the posting of signs.
Park double/blocking traffic lane.
Park on the left side facing traffic.
Park outside of boundary lines. Whenever a space is marked off on any street for the parking of an individual vehicle, every vehicle parked there shall be within the lines bounding that space.
Park in front of a mailbox so that a postal worker cannot deliver mail.
It shall be unlawful for any person to park on any public street or alley in the Borough of Quarryville any commercial vehicle with a registered gross weight in excess of 9,000 pounds or any truck tractor and/or semi-trailer and to allow such vehicle to remain parked there for longer than one hour between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on weekdays or for more than one hour between the hours of 6:00 p.m. Saturday and 6:00 a.m. on Monday.
No person shall park or permit to be parked a trailer, camper trailer, camper, boat and trailer combination, or utility trailer, loaded or unloaded, upon a public highway in excess of 48 continuous hours. Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be subject to the penalties set forth in § 385-22 of this article.
No vehicle shall be parked upon either public or private property in a designated fire lane which has been so designated in a manner prescribed by law. Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be subject to the penalties set forth in § 385-22 of this article.
No person engaged in the business of repairing or maintaining vehicles shall do so while a vehicle is parked upon a highway except in the case of making emergency repairs, at which time necessary and appropriate warning signs and/or safety devices shall be placed or utilized to warn other traffic upon the highway. Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be subject to the penalties set forth in § 385-22 of this article.
No person operating or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit the vehicle to park or stand unattended, upon public or private property, without first stopping the engine, removing the keys and/or placing the ignition switch in the locked position. Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be subject to the penalties set forth in § 385-22 of this article.
It shall be the duty of police officers and parking enforcement personnel of the Borough to report to the Police Chief all violations of any provision of this article, indicating in each case: the section violated, the license number of the vehicle involved in the violation, the location where the violation took place, the time and date of the violation, and any other facts that might be necessary in order to secure a clear understanding of the circumstances attending the violation. The police officer or other person making the report shall also attach to or place upon every such vehicle a notice stating that the vehicle was parked in violation of this article. The notice shall contain instructions to the owner or driver of the vehicle that if he shall report within five working days to the Quarryville Borough Office during normal business hours and pay the sum set forth below, or mail the sum set forth below to the Quarryville Borough Office, so that it is received within five days after the time of the notice, that act will save the violator from prosecution and from payment of the fine and costs of prosecution prescribed in the first sentence of this section.
Penalties for violations are as follows:
No-parking zone: $10.
Overtime parking: $10.
Loading zone: $10.
Parking left side: $10.
No parking - no stopping permitted: $10.
Parking more than 12 inches from curb: $10.
Parking less than 20 feet from an intersection: $10.
Parking less than 15 feet from fire hydrant: $15.
Parking double/obstructing traffic lane: $15.
No parking in fire lane: $15.
Parking in handicapped zone: $50.
All others: $10.
Any person who violates any other provision of this article shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay the penalties or fines set forth in the Vehicle Code or elsewhere in this article for violations of such nature, together with costs of prosecution.
If the notice of violation is not satisfied within five days, a letter sent by first class mail shall be issued by the Police Department and an additional $5 shall be applied to the penalty. If the violation has not been satisfied within 30 days after it has been issued, than the violator shall be prosecuted.
The provisions of this article are severable, and if any section, sentence, clause, part or provision hereof shall be held to be illegal, invalid or unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, such decision of the court shall not affect or impair the remaining sections, sentences, clauses, parts or provisions of this article. It is hereby declared to be the intent of the Borough Council that this article would have been enacted if such illegal, invalid or unconstitutional section, sentence, clause, part or provision had not been included herein.