[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Mine Hill 11-16-2006 by Ord. No. 20-06. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to control and regulate off-road motor vehicles within the Township in order to preserve the public peace and order and protect the health, safety and welfare of the general public of the Township.
For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any two-wheeled, motor-propelled apparatus authorized to be licensed by the State of New Jersey, Department of Motor Vehicles, for operation upon the public highways.
- A. Any two-, three- or four-wheeled bicycle or similar apparatus motor-propelled or having a helper motor and commonly referred to, among other designations, as a "moped," "minibike," "go-cart," "all-terrain vehicle," "trail bike," or the like which, by its nature, is not authorized to be licensed by the State of New Jersey, Department of Motor Vehicles, for use upon the public highways, notwithstanding the fact that licensing of the same in some instances may not be required for operation upon the public highways.
- B. A snowmobile and any similar sport vehicle which is motor-propelled and traverses the terrain by means of treads, tracks or the like, all as contrasted to wheels.
- PRIVATE PROPERTY
- All lands in the Township not defined as "public property" or part of the road system.
- PUBLIC PROPERTY
- All lands owned or leased by the Township, the County of Morris, the State of New Jersey, the Board of Education of the Township, or any other equivalent public body, but specifically excluding therefrom any roadways being used for public transportation and being part of the accepted road system of the Township, the county, or the state.
[Amended 5-2-2013 by Ord. No. 08-13]
It shall be unlawful:
For any person to operate or permit to or suffer to be operated a motorized sportbike, as defined herein, on any public grounds or property, including playgrounds and recreational areas. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or permit or suffer to be operated a motorcycle on public grounds or property (including playgrounds and recreational areas) except on public streets or highways as defined in N.J.S.A. 39:1-1 and public parking areas.
To operate a motorized sportbike or motorcycle, as a licensed or unlicensed operator, on private property other than with the written consent of all of the owners of said property. When such written consent has been obtained, the operator shall keep same on his or her person for display to the authorities. The failure to present such written consent upon request or demand shall constitute a violation hereunder.
To operate a motorized sportbike or motorcycle other than in accordance with the general regulations set forth in § 525-4 of this chapter.
To operate a motorized sportbike or motorcycle in such a way as to harass or disturb farm animals, domestic livestock or wildlife or further to destroy or damage crops, cropland, soils or vegetation.
To operate a motorized sportbike or motorcycle without the same being in "proper operating condition," which is defined as the presence of all original operating equipment specified therefor by the original manufacturer or with the same in operating condition at least equal to the manufacturer's requirements for the proper operation thereof or the equivalent thereof.
The following regulations shall apply to the operation of a motorized sportbike or motorcycle operated on public or private property, other than the property of the family of which the operator is a member or authorized guest:
No person operating a motorized sportbike or motorcycle shall carry any other person, except in a place designated therefor and equipped therefor as part of the original manufacture for said purpose, and in no event shall a rider be carried on the handlebar thereof.
It shall not be unlawful for any public employee or other party with an appropriate permit to operate motor vehicles in said locations for the purpose of maintaining, repairing or doing work upon said lands for the public good.
This chapter shall not be applicable to any recognized organization which has obtained permission from the Township to use said lands for the sole purpose of holding organized and supervised rallies, races and/or meets.
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any vehicle equipped with a muffler cutout, muffler bypass or similar device.
Any police officer may, at his or her discretion:
Impound any motorized sportbike or motorcycle operated on public or private property alleged to be in violation of this chapter, either by virtue of its operation and use contrary to the provisions of this chapter or by virtue of its operation by an unlicensed operator.
Impound any motorized sportbike or motorcycle operating on the public roadways in violation of any then-applicable state statute or any regulation validly promulgated by any state agency having jurisdiction.
Said period of impoundment shall be from the date of the alleged violation until the disposition of the alleged offense by such court of competent jurisdiction as shall hear the same, and the owner thereof shall pay the reasonable cost of said removal and storage constituting impoundment, which cost is as set forth in this section. The Chief of Police or his designee may authorize early release. Said expense of impoundment shall be in addition to any other fine or penalty levied or collected under the terms of this chapter.
Any person violating or failing to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than the maximum penalty set forth in § 1-3, General penalty, of this Code. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offense, and the person or persons allowing or permitting the continuation of the violation may be punished as provided above for each separate offense.
In addition to all other penalties, the violation of any provision of this chapter shall be subject to abatement summarily by a restraining order or injunction issued by a court of competent jurisdiction.