Township of Greenwich, NJ
Gloucester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Greenwich 9-19-2016 by Ord. No. 11-2016. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 140.
Noise control — See Ch. 468.
Off-road vehicles — See Ch. 665.
The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
ENGINE BRAKING
The use or operation of any mechanical exhaust device designed to aid in the braking, decompression or deceleration of any motor vehicle which results in the excessive, loud, unusual or explosive noise from such vehicle.
ENGINE COMPRESSION BRAKE
Any device that utilizes air compression and/or rapid release of compressed air in the cylinders of engines to slow or retard vehicle speed. Examples include, but are not limited to, Jacobs Engine Brake®, also known as "Jake brake®" engine retarder; Pacbrake® engine brake; TecBrake® engine break; D-Celerator® diesel exhaust brake; and similar devices that meet the definition.
PUBLIC SAFETY VEHICLE
Any vehicle operated by the Greenwich Township Fire Department or the Greenwich Township Police Department, or any other emergency vehicle operated by a state, county, and/or local agency.
The use of engine compression brakes or the act of engine braking, commonly known as "Jake braking," shall at all times be prohibited and on any roadway within the Township of Greenwich.
The Township shall, with the assistance of any requesting landowner or upon recommendation of the Public Works Department, install appropriate signage advising traffic that the use of engine compression brakes and the act of engine braking are prohibited.
If any part of this chapter shall for any reason be held invalid, such adjudication shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this chapter.
All ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed to the extent of such inconsistency.
This chapter shall not apply to any of the following:
A. 
Public safety vehicles; and
B. 
A vehicle involved in an emergency wherein the operator of said vehicle reasonably believes that the use of engine compression brakes or engine braking is necessary to avoid and/or mitigate a collision or accident.
Any person or company which shall violate this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, pay a fine not exceeding $2,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days for each offense. If the violation is of a continuing nature, each day during which it occurs shall constitute an additional, separate, and distinct offense.