Wherever a space is marked off on any street for the parking of an individual vehicle, every vehicle parked there shall be parked wholly within the lines bounding that space, and it shall be a violation of this article for any person to park a vehicle or allow it to remain parked otherwise.
[Amended 4-23-1997 by Ord. No. 420J; 7-23-1997; 12-13-2000 by Ord. No. 467]
Parking shall be prohibited at all times in the following locations:
Parking shall be prohibited in the following locations at all times on the days and between the hours indicated in this section, as follows:
[Amended 11-12-2008 by Ord. No. 577]
Prohibiting commercial vehicles, trailers and motor homes to be parked on roadways within Hatfield Township between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.:
Legislative intent. For the purposes of public safety, because of the size of certain vehicles and the dearth of available parking spaces, the Commissioners and the Police Department of Hatfield Township have deemed it necessary to prohibit certain vehicles from being parked on roads and highways within the Township.
Provisions. In accordance with the above legislative intent, parking of commercial trucks, except those with Pennsylvania license registration of Class 1 through 4b, shall not be parked on any roads or highways within Hatfield Township between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. No trailer or motor home of any class shall be parked on any roads or highways within Hatfield Township between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
Violations and penalties. Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this section shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus court costs and, in default of payment of same, be sentenced to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days, unless a different penalty is prescribed by this chapter or the Vehicle Code of Pennsylvania. Each day that a violation continues shall constitute a separate offense. In addition, the Township, through its solicitor, may institute injunctive, mandamus or any other appropriate action or proceeding at law or in equity for the enforcement of this section. Any court of competent jurisdiction shall have the right to issue restraining orders, temporary or permanent injunctions, mandamus or other appropriate forms of remedy or relief.
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:
[Amended 7-25-2001 by Ord. No. 476; 2-26-2003 by Ord. No. 506]
The following areas are established as handicapped parking zones, and it shall be unlawful for any person to park a vehicle, or allow it to remain parked, in any such zone, unless such vehicle displays a handicapped registration plate or disabled veterans registration:
Beginning 30 feet from the northeast corner of Overbrook Road and Cowpath Road, and continuing to the east along the north side of Overbrook Road an additional distance of 90 feet.
Beginning at 479 feet from the northeast corner of Denbeigh Drive and Fairgrounds Road, and continuing to the north along the east side of Denbeigh Drive an additional distance of 20 feet.
[Amended 8-28-2002 by Ord. No. 492; 12-11-2002 by Ord. No. 500]
It shall be unlawful for any person to stop, stand or park a vehicle on the streets of Hatfield Township designated as follows:
Findings and purpose. The Township finds that certain residential areas in the Township are subjected to commuter vehicle parking, therefore, depriving the residents of those areas of spaces in which to park their own vehicles; those residential streets are also subjected to a high degree of commuter traffic which substantially reduces the quality of the ambient air level; and the establishment of a parking permit program for certain affected areas should facilitate efficient movement of traffic by providing for parking preference during certain hours of the day and days of the week. Therefore, the Township considers it to be in the interest of the people of the Township to provide for the establishment of a residential permit parking program to insure primary access to available parking spaces by neighborhood residents and also to provide a cleaner ambient air level.
Definitions. For the purpose of this section, words and terms listed in this subsection, as follows, shall have the following meanings:
- COMMUTER VEHICLE
- A motor vehicle parked in a residential area by a person not a resident of that residential area.
- A person who owns or leases real estate within a residential area of which he is not a resident, but who owns or manages a business enterprise or professional office maintained at that address; for the purpose of this section, a proprietor shall be entitled to one parking permit for that business or professional office address.
- A person who owns or leases real property within a residential area and who maintains either a voting residence, or bona fide occupancy, or both, at that address.
- RESIDENTIAL AREA
- A contiguous area containing public highways or parts of public highways primarily abutted by residential property or residential and nonbusiness property (such as schools, parks, places of worship, hospitals and nursing homes).
Criteria. The residential areas designated in Subsection D of this section are those deemed impacted and hence eligible for residential parking on the basis of the following criteria:
During any period between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, except legal holidays, the number of vehicles parked (or standing), legally or illegally, on the streets in the area is equal to 70% or more of the legal, on-street parking capacity of the area. For the purpose of this criterion, a legal parking space shall be 20 linear feet.
During the same period as specified in Subsection C(1), directly above, 10% or more of the vehicles parked (or standing) on the streets in the area are not registered in the name of a person residing in the area. For the purpose of this criterion, the latest available information from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and Licensing of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation regarding registration of motor vehicles shall be used; provided, in determining that a specific area identified as impacted and eligible for residential permit parking is designated as a residential permit parking area, the following factors are taken into consideration:
The local and metropolitan needs with respect to clean air and environment;
The possibility of a reduction in total vehicle miles driven in the Township;
The likelihood of alleviating traffic congestion, illegal parking and related health and safety hazards;
The proximity of public transportation to the residential area;
The desire and need of the residents for residential permit parking and their willingness to bear the administrative costs in connection with it; and
The need for parking in excess of the residential permit parking program in proximity to establishments located in the residential permit parking area and used by the general public for religious, health or educational purposes.
Designation of residential permit parking areas.
Application for permit. Application for a residential parking permit shall be made to the Chief of Police by the person desiring the permit, who shall be only the owner or the driver of a motor vehicle who resides on or is a proprietor of property immediately adjacent to a street or other location within a residential parking permit area. A separate application shall be required for each motor vehicle, and each application shall be accompanied by a permit fee, set pursuant to a resolution of the Board of Commissioners, which shall be for the use of the Township, to be applied to the cost of administering the residential permit parking program. Each application shall contain the following information: The name of the owner or the driver, as the case may be, of the motor vehicle; the address of the resident or the proprietor, as the case may be; the make, model and registration number of the motor vehicle; and the driver number as taken from the applicant's current driver's license. At the discretion of the Chief of Police, the applicant shall be required, at the time of making application, to present his driver's license and the vehicle registration card.
Issuance of permit. Upon receipt of the application and the permit fee, and determination by him that the information upon the application shows that the applicant is entitled to a residential parking permit, the Chief of Police shall issue to the applicant a residential parking permit, which shall be valid for the remainder of the calendar year. The permit shall display the serial and registration numbers of the motor vehicles, the residential parking area number, and the expiration date. The permit shall be renewable annually before the expiration date, upon making application for renewal and payment of the permit fee. It shall be unlawful and a violation of this section for any person to display other than the current and valid permit while standing or parking in a residential permit parking area at any time when those permits are to be displayed.
Temporary and exemption parking permits. Temporary parking permits may be issued by the Chief of Police, upon payment of a fee established pursuant to a resolution, to bona fide visitors of residents of a designated residential permit parking area, and exemption parking permits may be issued, without payment of a fee, to handicapped persons.
Responsibility of permit holder.
Notwithstanding any provision of this section to the contrary, the holder of a residential parking permit shall be permitted to stand or park a motor vehicle operated by him in any designated residential parking area during those times when parking of motor vehicles is permitted in that area. While a vehicle for which a residential parking permit has been issued is so parked, that permit shall be displayed so as to be clearly visible through the windshield of the vehicle. A residential parking permit shall not guarantee or reserve to the holder a parking space within a designated residential permit parking area.
A residential parking permit shall not authorize its holder to stand or park a motor vehicle in any place where or at any time when stopping, standing or parking of motor vehicles is prohibited or set aside for other specified types of vehicles, nor shall the permit exempt its holder from the observance of any traffic or parking regulation other than residential permit parking regulation or restriction.
No person other than the permit holder whose name appears on the permit shall use a residential parking permit or display it on a vehicle operated; any such use or display by a person other than the permit holder shall constitute a violation of this section by the permit holder and by the person who so used or displayed the parking permit.
It shall constitute a violation of this section for any person falsely to represent himself as eligible for a residential parking permit or to furnish false information in an application to the Chief of Police in order to obtain a residential parking permit.
Revocation of permits. The Chief of Police shall have authority to revoke the residential parking permit of any permit holder found to be in violation of any provision of this section. Upon written notification to him of the revocation, the permit holder shall surrender the permit to the Chief of Police. Failure to do so, when so requested, shall constitute a violation of this section; provided, any person receiving such a notice may, within 10 days after the date of the notice, appeal to Board of Commissioners for a hearing on the revocation, and the decision of Board of Commissioners shall be final.
[Added 12-21-2009 by Ord. No. 592]
Definitions: The following terms shall have the following definitions ascribed to them for purposes of this section only:
- FIRE LANE
- An area marked by signage or pavement striping or lettering as "No Parking – Fire Lane" or "No Parking By Order Of Fire Marshal" or similar wording or marking denoting an area as a fire lane in the Township of Hatfield.
- PARK, PARKING or PARKED
- The placement of a vehicle in a stationary position without a properly licensed operator sitting in the driver's seat or with a properly licensed operator sitting in the driver's seat who refuses to obey the lawful order of the Township Fire Marshal, or his designee, to remove the vehicle from a fire lane.
- Any motor vehicle, pedacycle or other mode or means of transportation.
It shall be unlawful, and a violation of this section, for any person to park a vehicle in a fire lane.
In the event of a fire or other emergency where a vehicle is parked in a fire lane that blocks access to a building, the Township Fire Marshal, or his designee, shall have the power to remove said vehicle at the sole cost and expense of the owner or operator of the vehicle. Neither the Township nor its employees, agents or others working under the Township's authority shall be liable for any damage to any vehicle parked in a fire lane in violation of this section.
In addition to the Hatfield Township Police Department, the Township Fire Marshal, or his designee, shall have authority to enforce the provisions of this section.
[Amended 4-12-1995 by Ord. No. 420D; 5-22-2002 by Ord. No. 488]
Any person who violates any provision of this article shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine as specified in the Vehicle Code;  provided, it shall be the duty of the police officers and of parking enforcement personnel of the Township to report to the appropriate official 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; and any other facts that might be necessary in order to secure a clear understanding of the circumstances attending the violation.
In order to facilitate the prompt payment of fines resulting from parking violations, notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in the Motor Vehicle Code pertaining to parking violations, if any driver or owner of a motor vehicle issued a parking citation voluntarily appears within 72 hours after the issuance of said citation at the Hatfield Township Police Building and indicates his/her desire to plead guilty to the charge and pay a fine of $15 to Hatfield Township, no prosecution shall be pursued.