[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Longport 8-5-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-11. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This ordinance was adopted as Ch. 162 but was renumbered to maintain the organization of the Code.
As used in this chapter, "fire lane" and "fire zone" shall be interchangeable. A "fire lane" or "fire zone" is hereby defined as an area designated under this chapter that may be part of a traffic circulation system and/or area of ingress/egress adjacent to a building, either on private property or within a municipal street, or other designated locations as to provide an immediate and unobstructed route and/or access for firefighting, or other associated emergency, operations, equipment, and personnel.
The Borough of Longport Fire Chief shall designate all fire lanes and fire zones on private property. The Borough of Longport Fire Chief, in consultation with the Borough Chief of Police and Borough Engineer, shall designate and recommend to the governing body for adoption all fire zones and fire lanes within municipal streets. Such designated fire lanes/zones on public streets shall be established by ordinance only.
[Added 9-16-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-13]
The following streets are hereby established as fire zone locations:
It shall be the responsibility of the Borough of Longport to establish and maintain all fire lanes/zones within public rights-of-way. It shall be the responsibility of the owner(s) or operators(s) of the private premises upon which the fire lane/zone is being established to install appropriate identification at his/her expense. All fire lane/zone markings shall be maintained and be legible at all times in accordance with the following:
Striping and curbs. Where applicable, fire lanes/zones shall be identified by painting on-site curbs (not those within public rights-of-way) yellow and be striped with four-inch-wide continuous yellow lines placed diagonally from the curb or road edge and shall be outlined along their entire perimeter. Fire lane/zone widths and lengths shall be designed in accordance with the direction of the Municipal Fire Chief.
Pavement lettering. The legend "No Parking Fire Lane/Zone" shall be placed within the striped area of the designated fire lane/zone at a minimum of one-hundred-foot intervals or as directed by the Municipal Fire Chief. All lettering shall be 18 inches in height and yellow in color.
Signage. In areas where striping cannot be utilized, a "No Parking" sign in conformance with current MUTCD Standards shall be posted with the words "No Parking Fire Lane/Zone". Signs shall be 12 inches in width by 18 inches in height with red lettering, two inches in height, on a white reflective background. Signs shall be erected at the beginning and end of each fire lane zone and spaced at intervals within the fire lane/zone as determined by the Municipal Fire Chief, but no more than 100 feet between signs. Signs shall be placed on acceptable metal sign posts with the sign face not less than seven feet above existing grade. All signs faces shall face oncoming traffic. If acceptable to the Fire Chief, signs may be placed on existing structures or sign supports.
The Municipal Fire Chief or the Municipal Police Department shall have jurisdiction to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
Any person violating this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by one or more of the following: a period of community service not exceeding 90 days and/or a fine of not less than $250 nor more than $1,500 at the discretion of the presiding Judge.
Any person who is convicted of violating the provisions of this chapter within one year of the date of the previous violation of the same chapter and who was fined for the previous violation shall be sentenced by the Court to an additional fine as a repeat offender. The additional fine imposed by the Court for a repeated offense shall not be less that the minimum or exceed the maximum fine fixed for a violation of this chapter, but shall be calculated separately from the fine imposed for the original violation of this chapter. Whenever such person shall have been officially notified or by service of a summons in a prosecution, or in any other official manner, that said person is committing a violation; each day's occurrence shall constitute a separate offense, punishable by a fine or penalty.