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City of Wildwood, NJ
Cape May County
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The power of the municipality to adopt ordinances concerning traffic and parking is contained in R. S. 39:4-197. Various statutory provisions throughout Title 09 control the manner in which municipalities may regulate parking and traffic. R. S. 39:4-8 requires that all traffic and parking ordinances be approved by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Any words or phrases used in this chapter shall have the same meanings as those given to them in Subtitle I of Title 39 of the New Jersey Revised Statutes.
The provisions of this chapter imposing a time limit on parking shall not relieve any person of the duty to observe other and more restrictive provisions prohibiting or limiting the stopping, standing or parking of vehicles contained in N. J. R. S. 39:4-138, any other New Jersey Statute, or as provided in this chapter.
The parking or storing of automobiles, vehicles, parts, tools and equipment on any public street of the city for the purpose of sale or for making repairs except in an emergency, is prohibited.
The chief of police or, in his absence, the ranking police officer of the police department is authorized to declare an emergency and direct the posting of EMERGENCY NO PARKING signs when weather conditions, accidents, fires, public celebrations and similar occurrences require the avoidance of conditions which are hazardous or which interfere with the free flow of traffic.
Upon the declaration of an emergency, there shall be no parking upon streets or parts of streets where EMERGENCY NO PARKING signs are displayed.
Notification that EMERGENCY NO PARKING signs are being or will be posted shall be given to the operator or owner of any vehicle which has been parked prior to the posting of the signs.
Pacific Avenue is hereby declared to be an emergency snow route. Whenever snow has fallen and the accumulation is such that it covers the street, no vehicle shall be parked on Pacific Avenue and this prohibition shall remain in effect after the snow has ceased and until the streets have been plowed sufficiently to the extent that parking will not interfere with the normal flow of traffic. Permanent signs reading NO PARKING WHEN ROAD IS SNOW COVERED shall be erected at 200 foot intervals on either side of Pacific Avenue.
Any unoccupied vehicle parked or standing in violation of this section is declared to be a nuisance, an obstruction to the flow of traffic and a danger to other vehicles using the highway. Any police officer may remove such a vehicle or cause it to be removed and the owner shall pay all expenses incurred in re-moving or storing the vehicle before regaining possession of it. Removal or storage charges shall be in addition to any penalty imposed for violation of this section.
No person shall park a vehicle upon any of the streets or parts of streets described in Schedule I attached to and made a part of this chapter.
Parking meter zones are hereby established on the following described streets and parts of streets within the locations indicated in Schedule II.
The director of public works shall provide for the installation, regulation, control, operation and use of parking meters and maintain them in good working condition. Parking meters installed in parking meter zones shall be placed upon the curb immediately adjacent to individual parking spaces. Each parking meter shall be set so as to show by a signal if the parking space adjacent to the meter is or is not legally in use. No parking meters shall be in-stalled in any area where parking is prohibited by the provisions of N. J. R. S. 39:4-138.
The director of public affairs and public safety shall have lines or markings painted or placed upon the curb or upon the street adjacent to each parking meter for the purpose of designating the parking space for which the meter is to be used. Each vehicle parked next to any parking meter shall park within the lines or markings indicating the parking space. It shall be a violation of this chapter to park any vehicle across any line or marking or to park any vehicle in such a position that it shall not be entirely within the area designated as a parking space. Vehicles shall be parked in such a manner that the forward part of the vehicle is nearest to the meter.
When any vehicle is parked in any space adjacent to a parking meter, the operator of the vehicle shall upon entering the parking space immediately deposit or cause to be deposited in the parking meter the proper coin required to operate the meter as designated by directions on the meter. Failure to deposit the required coin shall constitute a violation of this section.
Beginning May 15, 2008, the fee required for all parking meters in the City of Wildwood shall be twenty-five ($.25) cents per 15 minutes of parking time. Parking meter fees and hours of operation may be revised by resolution of the governing body.
Parking shall be permitted in all parking areas for not more than 12 hours.
It shall be a violation of the provisions of this section for any person to:
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Deposit or cause to be deposited in any parking meter anything other than a coin of the proper denomination required to operate the meter.
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Deface, injure, tamper with, open, willfully break, destroy or impair the usefulness of any parking meter.
It shall be the duty of the police department of the city in accordance with the instructions issued by the director of public affairs and public safety to report:
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The number of each parking meter which indicates the vehicle occupying the parking space adjacent to the meter has been parked in violation of the provisions of this section.
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State license number of the vehicle.
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Any other facts necessary to understand the circumstances of the violation.
Notwithstanding any of the provisions of this section, there shall be no duty to deposit any coins in the parking meters within the city for the period between October 31 and May 15, inclusive. Failure to deposit the required coins during that time period shall not constitute a violation of this section. At all other times, failure to pay or deposit the required fee shall constitute a violation of this section, unless a valid parking permit or placard is displaced in the vehicle according to regulations to be issued by the city's office of parking meter enforcement, or such parking is allowed by other provision or applicable law.
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Notwithstanding other subsections of this section 6-5, the owner of a residential property without a driveway in any parking meter zone shall be entitled to one free parking permit which shall enable the owner or any authorized resident, tenant or visitor to park on the same street the residence is located on. The owner shall obtain the permit from the city office of parking meter enforcement by providing bona fide proof of ownership. The parking permit shall be displayed in the front dashboard of the vehicle, or such other location as the chief of parking enforcement may direct by regulation, and enable the vehicle to park on the street without paying the parking meter charge to park in a valid parking spot. Street for purpose of this subsection is defined as the one block, off or even side of the street that their residence is located on from corner to corner not extending past any intersection or to any cross street. The prior owner shall provide the new owner any permits issued for the year upon a change in ownership.
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(Reserved)
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Each placard will identify the residence of the vehicle it is for, which shall be visible when displayed in the vehicle.
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Parking in front of private residential driveways shall also be permitted but only whenever the vehicle and the driveway are owned by the same person or a member of the same household as the owner or authorized by the owner of the driveway, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 39:4-138.3.
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Permits shall be in such form and contain such information as may be required by law. No replacements will be issued for lost placards, however, replacements will be issued for a charge of ten ($10.00) dollars to replace a damaged placard.
Parking by seasonal permit shall be allowed in the parking meter zones established pursuant to section 6-5 and Schedule II or II-A during times when fees are required, to permit holders to park without paying the parking meter charge.
A Class "A" permit shall enable the vehicle to park at any metered parking spot in the City of Wildwood without paying at the meter.
A Class "B" permit will enable the vehicle to park at any metered spot in the area bounded by Atlantic Avenue, Cresse Avenue, New Jersey Avenue and 26th Street without paying at the meter.
A Block permit shall enable the vehicle to park at any metered spot within the designated block without paying at the meter.
A Red Zone permit shall enable the vehicle to park in a designated red zone at any metered spot without paying at the meter.
The fee for Class "A" permit is $250.
The fee for Class "B" permit is $150.
The fee for a Block permit is $100.
The fee for a Red Zone permit is $75.
The governing body may amend, revoke, supplement or designate these or other classes of permits or parking zones, the annual fees for each class, if any, and whether or not the permits may be transferable, by resolution as authorized by resolution as authorized by N.J.S.A. 39:4-8. All permits shall be issued by the city office of parking meter enforcement and bear such other information required by law or as may be determined to be necessary for enforcement. Unless otherwise provided, all permits issued pursuant to this section shall be transferable from one vehicle to another without prior approval or payment of an additional fee.
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A seven day parking permit shall be available at a fee of fifty ($50.00) dollars which shall allow a vehicle to park at any valid parking meter spots in the City of Wildwood during times when fees are otherwise required for seven consecutive days after issuance, but not beyond the maximum time permitted for a vehicle and further provided that such permits shall be transferable and shall be issued by the city office of parking meter enforcement bearing such information required by law and as may be determined to be necessary for enforcement of parking meter zones.
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This shall not supersede parking otherwise allowed by vehicles with other types of valid parking permits.
The area located between Spicer Avenue and Youngs Avenue west of Hudson Avenue in the City of Wildwood is designated as the "bus parking area" and the "loading and unloading" district.
All passenger transportation buses, commercial trucks and other vehicles transporting passengers for hire or otherwise, except taxicabs, are prohibited from parking except at the designated bus parking area.
All passenger transportation buses, commercial trucks and other vehicles transporting passengers for hire or otherwise, except taxicabs, that are unloading and loading within the City of Wildwood and parking other than in the designated parking area must follow the same rules and regulations as those buses parking at the designated bus parking area.
The fee for all passenger transportation motor bus, commercial truck or other vehicle transporting passengers for hire during the regular season, shall be as follows:
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In-season (no parking provided by city): Fifty ($50.00) dollars for each day or part of a day, from July 1st through September 15th of each year.
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In-season (with parking at city-approved location): One hundred ($100.00) dollars for each day or part of a day, from July 1st through September 15th of each year.
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Off-season (no parking provided by city): Twenty-five ($25.00) dollars for each day or part of a day, May 1st through June 30th of each year.
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Off-season (with parking at city-approved location): Fifty ($50.00) dollars for each day or part of a day, May 1st through June 30th of each year.
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No permit fee is necessary from September 15th through April 30th of the following year.
Any individual who, or entity which, fails to comply with the fee requirements set forth in subsection 6-6.3 above shall be required to promptly comply with same and shall be subject to a fine in the amount of fifty ($50.00) dollars per day over and above the cost of the permit fee for each day that the violation occurs.
The board of commissioners may amend the terms and provisions of subsection 6-6.3 by resolution.
No passenger transportation motor bus, commercial truck or other passenger vehicle transporting passengers for hire shall be parked in the area designated as the bus parking area unless a bus parking permit is obtained in advance from the city clerk. All passenger transportation motor buses, commercial trucks or other vehicles transporting passengers for hire to the city shall have a permit prominently displayed on the right side of the front windshield of the vehicle before entering the city.
All applications for the permit referred to in subsection 6-6.4 shall, in order to be considered, be received in the city clerk's office not later than ten days before the day on which such passenger transportation vehicle or bus, commercial truck or other vehicle transporting passengers for hire is intended to be parked in the bus parking area. The application shall be considered only if there is sufficient available parking space for the vehicle in the area designated in subsection 6-6.1. Such applications shall be made on application forms which will be supplied upon request by the city clerk and shall be accompanied by cash or check in an amount sufficient to meet the requisite fee therefor as required by subsection 6-6.3.
Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, no bus parking permit shall be required between September 15 through April 30 of each year, inclusive; provided that any passenger transportation bus, commercial truck or other vehicle transporting passengers for hire to the city shall not park on the streets of the city. All other provisions of this section shall remain in full force and effect.
At all times buses shall turn their engines off when parked, and while loading and unloading within the city limits.
In accordance with the provisions of N.J.R.S. 39:4-85.1, the streets or parts of streets described in Schedule III attached to and made a part of this chapter are designated as one way streets in the direction indicated.
In accordance with the provisions of N.J.R.S. 39:4-140, the streets or parts of streets described in Schedule IV attached to and made a part of this chapter are designated as through streets. STOP signs shall be installed on the near right side of each street intersecting the through street, except where YIELD RIGHT OF WAY signs are provided for in the designations.
Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.R.S. 39:4-140, the intersections described in Schedule V attached to and made a part of this chapter are designated as stop intersections. STOP signs shall be installed as provided in that schedule.
No person shall turn a vehicle or make a right turn when facing a steady red signal (STOP) indication at any of the locations described in Schedule VI attached to and made a part of this chapter whenever an official sign is present prohibiting such a turn on a red signal.
No person shall turn a vehicle to make a right turn when facing a steady red signal (STOP) indication at any of the locations described in Schedule VII attached to and made a part of this chapter between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the school days, whenever an official sign is present prohibiting such turn on a red signal.
No person shall turn a vehicle or make a left-hand turn at any of the locations described in Schedule VIII whenever an official sign is present prohibiting such a left-hand turn.
No person shall park a vehicle in a location herein designated as a bus stop at any of the locations described in Schedule XI unless said vehicle is a vehicle commonly known as a bus. All locations which are indicated as "seasonal-school" shall be in effect from the first Monday prior to the start of the school year until the first Friday after the end of the school year, and signs for such locations shall be installed and removed accordingly.
No vehicle shall be driven on the boardwalk or its approaches without a written permit from the commissioner of public affairs and public safety or the commissioner of parks, public property and public works, or some other proper authority of the City of Wildwood.
No trailer trucks, trailer tractor trucks or other vehicles having more than six wheels shall load or unload their contents east of New Jersey Avenue between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. between June 1, and September 15 each year. Further, no trailer trucks, trailer tractor trucks or other vehicles having more than six wheels shall be permitted to park on public property for a period of more than 12 hours without being moved.
The use of three-wheeled vehicles known as people-powered vehicles (P, PVs) and similar vehicles consisting of a low-slung air-craft type three-wheeled stance shall be hereby prohibited on all public rights-of-way and .public ground in the City of Wildwood.
Unless another penalty is expressly provided for by a New Jersey Statute, every person violating any provision of this chapter shall be liable to a fine of not more than fifty ($50.00) dollars or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or both.
In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-197(3)b, the locations described in Schedule IX attached to and made apart of this chapter are .designed as curb loading zones.
No person shall park a vehicle for longer than the time limit shown in Schedule X, Time Limit Parking, attached to and made a part of this chapter, at any time between the hours, listed in Schedule X of any day upon any of the streets or parts of streets described in Schedule X.
In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-197(3)a, the locations described in Schedule XII attached to and made a part of this chapter are designated as taxi stands.
In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-197(3)c, the locations described in Schedule XIII attached to and made a part of this chapter are designated as handicapped parking locations.
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Definitions. The word "truck" shall be defined as:
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Every vehicle with or without motive power, other than a pole trailer, designed for carrying persons or property and for being drawn by a motor vehicle and so constructed that no part of its weight rests upon the towing vehicle.
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Every motor vehicle designed, used, or maintained primarily for the transportation of property.
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Every motor vehicle designed and used primarily for drawing other vehicles and not so constructed as to carry a load other than a part of the weight of the vehicle and load so drawn.
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Every vehicle without motive power designed to be drawn by another vehicle and attached to the towing vehicle by means of a reach, or pole, or by being boomed or otherwise secured to the towing vehicle, and ordinarily used for transporting long or irregularly shaped loads such as poles, pipes, or structural members capable, generally, of sustaining themselves as beams between the supporting connections.
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Truck Routes. Pursuant to R.S. 40:67-16.1, the streets or parts of streets as described in Schedule XIV, attached to and made a part of this chapter are hereby designated as Routes for Trucks over Four Tons. All trucks having a total combined gross weight of vehicle plus load in excess of four tons shall be excluded from all streets except from those streets which form a part of the system of truck routes.
The mayor of the City of Wildwood shall be authorized to provide by regulation for the closing of any street within the City of Wildwood, or portion thereof, to motor vehicle traffic on any day or days or during specified hours on any day or days whenever he finds that such closing is necessary for the preservation of public safety, health or welfare.
The mayor of the City of Wildwood shall be authorized to promulgate regulations under this section which shall, as a part of the regulations so promulgated by the mayor of the City of Wildwood, provide for the posting of proper warning signs of the closing of any such street within the City of Wildwood, or portion thereof, during the time the same is closed, pursuant to this section and pursuant to the regulations promulgated by the mayor of the City of Wildwood hereunder.
The penalty provided for by section 6-10, Penalty, of the Revised General Ordinances of the City of Wildwood, shall be the penalty which is applicable to any violation of this section or to any violation of any regulation promulgated by the mayor of the City of Wildwood hereunder.
No person shall park a vehicle upon any of the streets or parts of streets described in Schedule XV attached to and made a part of this chapter during the periods described in said Schedule XV.
In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S. 39:4-98, the locations described in Schedule XVI annexed hereto, are designated as areas which shall have a reduced speed limit as indicated therein.