Words and phrases. Whenever any words and phrases are used in this chapter, the meaning respectively ascribed to them in Subtitle 1 of Title 39 of the Revised Statutes of the State of New Jersey (N.J.S.A. 39:1-1 et seq.) shall be deemed to apply to such words and phrases used herein. In addition, as used herein, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The City of Clifton, New Jersey.
Official time standard. Whenever certain hours are named in this chapter, they shall mean either Eastern standard time or Eastern daylight saving time, as may be in current use.
The Chief of Police of this municipality, or his or her designee, is hereby authorized to provide by regulation for the closing of any street or portion thereof to motor vehicle traffic on any day or days whenever he or she finds that such closing is necessary for the preservation of the public safety, health or welfare.
Any regulations promulgated by the Chief of Police in accordance with Subsection A above shall provide for the posting of proper warning signs of such closing on any street or portion thereof during the time the same is closed in pursuance thereof.
Any violation of any regulation promulgated thereunder shall be punished as provided in § 439-4 hereof.
Any regulation adopted that mandates the closing of any street for a period greater than 48 consecutive hours shall not become effective unless and until it has been submitted to and approved by the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation.
Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- VEHICLES PARKED IN SUCH A MANNER AS TO OBSTRUCT ANY STREET OR VEHICLES PARKED IN A PLACE WHERE PARKING IS PROHIBITED
- Parking of a vehicle on any street in the City within an area designated by signs posted by the Podlice Department declaring an emergency and prohibiting parking of vehicles during:
- (1) The installation of improvements in or upon any public street;
- (2) The making of repairs to the pavement or water or sewer lines in any public street; or
- (3) The making of repairs in any public street to water lines, gas mains, or electric lines and conduits, above or under the ground owned and under the control of any other public body or public utility corporation.
Impoundment; notice to be sent to owner. Any vehicle parked illegally or in violation of any state law or City ordinance, or in such a manner as to obstruct any street or driveway, or parked in a place where parking is prohibited, or any vehicle is parked on any street and which does not carry the current year's registration, may be impounded by the Police Department, and said vehicle shall be towed or transported to any place within the City designated by the Chief of Police. Whenever any vehicle is impounded as provided in this section, the Chief of Police shall, within five days therefrom, send a notice of such fact to the owner of the impounded vehicle.
Sale of impounded vehicles; notice. Whenever any vehicle impounded by the Police Department shall remain unclaimed by any person having the right to possession of such vehicle for a period of 30 days, the vehicle shall be sold under the direction of the Chief of Police, at public auction, to the highest bidder. Such auction sale shall take place after notice of such sale has been given at least seven days prior thereto, by one publication in a newspaper circulating in the City, and upon mailing of a copy of said notice to the owner of the vehicle by regular mail at least seven days prior to the sale. The address of the owner as shown on the records of the State Division of Motor Vehicles shall be deemed sufficient for the purposes of this section.
Unless another penalty is expressly provided elsewhere in this chapter or by New Jersey statute, every person convicted of a violation of a provision of this chapter or any supplement thereto shall be liable to a penalty of not less than $50 nor more than $1,000 and/or imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 90 days, or by a period of community service not to exceed 90 days.
If any part or parts of this chapter are, for any reason, held to be invalid, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this chapter.
All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with or inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter are hereby repealed, except that this repeal shall not affect or prevent the prosecution or punishment of any person for any act done or committed in violation of any ordinance hereby repealed prior to the taking effect of this chapter.