Borough of North Plainfield, NJ
Somerset County
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[New]
Whenever any words and phrases are used in this chapter, the meaning respectively ascribed to them in Subtitle I of Title 39 of the New Jersey Statutes Annotated shall be deemed to apply to such words and phrases used herein.
[New]
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 in the Borough.
[New; Ord. #97-08, S 1]
The provisions of this chapter imposing a time limit or restricting parking shall not relieve any person of the duty to observe other more restrictive provisions prohibiting or limiting the stopping, standing or parking of vehicles as set forth in N.J.S.A. 39:4-138, any other New Jersey Statute, any other Borough ordinance or as hereinafter provided.
[Ord. No. 2015-10]
a. 
Nothing contained herein shall prohibit the Chief of Police or his duly authorized designee from suspending any parking restriction under special circumstances and thus permit parking to occur in a normally restricted place. Such suspension of parking restrictions shall only occur due to special circumstances, such as to accommodate road construction or due to severe weather conditions. Such suspension must also occur for a limited time period during which the circumstances warrant the suspension of parking restrictions.
b. 
The Mayor of the Borough of North Plainfield may also, upon written notification to the Chief of Police, suspend parking restrictions under special circumstances for limited periods of time, not to exceed 72 consecutive hours.
c. 
Such decision shall be made in the sole discretion of the Chief of Police or his designee, or by the Mayor, and shall not be arbitrary, capricious or unreasonable. Such suspension shall be properly published with temporary street signage as to allow members of the public to be so informed. Such decisions must be duly recorded and documented in daily police logs at the time the suspension is made, to include the date and time when the suspension of parking restrictions begins. The reinstatement of parking restrictions must also be duly recorded and documented in daily police logs at the time the reinstatement becomes effective, to include the time and date when the suspension of parking restrictions ends.
[1]
Editor's Note: For handicapped parking regulations, see Chapter 8, Parking Lots and Parking Meters, § 8-5. For fire lane provisions, see Chapter 3, Police Regulations, § 3-9.
[Ord. #97-08, S 1; Ord. #04-11]
Except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic signs or signals, no operator of a vehicle shall park, stop or stand the vehicle in any of the following places:
a. 
In front of a driveway;
b. 
On a sidewalk;
c. 
Within a No-parking zone as established by ordinance;
d. 
Within a bus stop as established by ordinance;
e. 
Outside the lines or markings of a designated parking space or in such a manner as to be "double parked;"
f. 
Within a designated fire zone as established by ordinance;
g. 
Within a designated loading zone as established by ordinance;
h. 
Within a designated taxi stand as established by ordinance;
i. 
Within an intersection;
j. 
On a crosswalk;
k. 
Within 25 feet of the nearest crosswalk or side line of a street or intersecting street;
l. 
Within 50 feet of a stop sign; and
m. 
Within 10 feet of a fire hydrant.
[Ord. #97-08, S 1; Ord. #04-11]
a. 
Every person convicted of a violation of Subsection 7-3.1A a through m shall be liable for a penalty of $44.
b. 
Every person convicted of or who pleads guilty to more than one violation of Subsection 7-3.1A c, f or i through m within a 12 month period between January 1 and December 31 of each year may, in the court's discretion and in addition to the penalty described in paragraph a of this subsection, be liable for a progressive penalty of $10 multiplied by the number of prior convictions of or guilty pleas to a violation of Subsection 7-3.1A c, f or I through m within that 12 month period of that year upon each subsequent conviction of or guilty plea to a violation of Subsection 7-3.1A c, f or I through m up to a maximum fine of $1,000. A person shall not be liable for a progressive penalty unless the multiple convictions of or guilty pleas to a violation of Subsection 7-3.1A c, f or I through m are multiple convictions of or guilty pleas to the same subsection within a twelve-month period between January 1 and December 31 of each year.
a. 
Upon the declaration of an emergency, there shall be no parking upon streets or sections of streets where temporary EMERGENCY NO PARKING signs are displayed. The Chief of Police or, in his absence, the ranking police officer is authorized to declare an emergency and to direct the posting of EMERGENCY NO PARKING signs when weather conditions, accidents, fire or public celebrations, dictate or require the avoidance of hazards or other conditions which interfere with the free flow of traffic. 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.
b. 
Any unoccupied vehicle parked or standing in violation of this subsection shall be deemed a nuisance and menace to the safe and proper regulations of traffic and any police officer may provide for the removal of such vehicle. The owner shall pay the reasonable costs of removal and storage which may result from such removal before regaining possession of the vehicle.
c. 
The effectiveness of this subsection is contingent upon the signs being erected as required by law.
[Ord. #520 W, S 1; Ord. #85-18; Ord. #95-25, S 1; Ord. #96-17, S 1; Ord. #09-07, S 1]
a. 
Whenever snow has fallen and accumulation is such that it covers the street or highway, an emergency shall exist and no person shall park a vehicle upon any of the streets or parts thereof described in Schedule I of Chapter 7A.
The above parking prohibitions shall remain in effect after the snow has ceased until the streets have been plowed sufficiently and to the extent that parking will not interfere with the normal flow of traffic.
b. 
Any unoccupied vehicle parking or standing in violation of this subsection shall be deemed a nuisance and a menace to the safe and proper regulation of traffic and any police officer may provide for the removal of such vehicle. The owner shall pay the reasonable cost of the removal and storage which may result from such removal before regaining possession of the vehicle.
[Ord. #520, A2, S 17.7a; Ord. #520-A, S 1; Ord. #520-B, S 1; Ord. #520H, S 1; Ord. #520-K, S 1; Ord. #520P, S 1; Ord. #520-R, S 1; Ord. #520X, S 1; Ord. #520-Y, S 2; Ord. #520-Z, S 2; Ord. #520CC, S 1; Ord. #520-LL, S 1; Ord. #520-00-84-12, S 1; Ord. #520-SS-84-19, S 1; Ord. #520TT-84-23, S 2; Ord. #520VV-85-9, S 1; Ord. #520WW-85-15, S 1; Ord. #87-3, S 1; Ord. #89-9, SS 1, 2; Ord. #89-11, S 1; Ord. #90-19, S 1; Ord. #95-06, S 1; Ord. #95-14, S 1; Ord. #99-01; Ord. #99-04; Ord. #04-15; Ord. #11-07, S 3; Ord. No. 2013-02; Ord. No. 2017-17]
No person shall park a vehicle at any time upon any of the streets or parts thereof described in Schedule II of Chapter 7A.
[Ord. #520, A2, S 17.7B-C; Ord. #520-B, S 2; Ord. #520-E, S 17.13; Ord. #520P, S 1; Ord. #520NN-84-9, S 1; Ord. #520V, S 1; Ord. #520QQ-84-14, S 1; Ord. #520ZZ-86-2, SS A, B; Ord. #91-10, S 9; Note: Ord. #520, S 17.7B establishes Paragraph A of Schedule III of Chapter 7A, Parking Restrictions between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.; Ord. #520, S 17.7C establishes Paragraph B of Schedule III, Parking Restrictions between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.; Ord. #520NN-84-9 establishes Paragraph C of Schedule III; Ord. #91-10, S 9 establishes Paragraph D of Schedule III; Ord. #04-19; Ord. #09-07, S 2; Ord. No. 2013-02; Ord. No. 2013-03; Ord. No. 2015-10; Ord. No. 2017-18; Ord. No. 2017-19; Ord. No. 2018-10]
No person shall park a vehicle between the hours specified in Schedule III of any day (except Sundays and public holidays) upon any of the streets or parts of streets described in Schedule III of Chapter 7A.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: For the prohibition of overnight parking of certain vehicles, see Subsection 7-4.2 of this chapter.
[Ord. #520-R, S 1; Ord. #520-T, S 1; Ord. #520-X, S 1; Ord. #520-Z, S 2; Ord. #520EE, SS 1-2; Ord. #520FF, S 1; Ord. #520CCC-87-12; Ord. #520CCC-87-20; Ord. #520JJJ-88-22; Ord. #89-9, S 4; Ord. #89-11, S 2; Ord. #90-5, S 1; Ord. #90-19, S 2; Ord. #00-10, S 1; Ord. #04-11; Ord. #04-18]
No person shall stop or stand a vehicle between the hours specified in Schedule IV of any day (except Sundays and public holidays) upon any of the streets or parts of streets described in Schedule IV of Chapter 7A.
[Ord. #520A2, S 17.6; Ord. #520C, A 2; Ord. #520G; Ord. #520J, SS 1-2; Ord. #520-R, S 1; Ord. #520U, SS 1-2; Ord. #520-Y, S 1; Ord. #520CC, S 1; Ord. #520YY-85-30; Ord. #88-9, SS 1, 2; Ord. #89-9, SS 3, 5; Ord. #91-10, S 10; Ord. #95-20, S 1; Ord. #96-17, S 4; Ord. #98-16, S 4; Ord. #04-11; Ord. #09-07, S 3]
No person shall park a vehicle for longer than the time limit shown in Schedule V at any time between the hours listed in Schedule V of any day (except Sundays and public holidays) upon any of the streets or parts of streets described in Schedule V of Chapter 7A.
[Ord. #01-06; Ord. #01-16]
Except as provided in other regulations, no owner of any vehicle that is or is required to be registered and/or licensed by the Motor Vehicle Commission or equivalent agency as a vehicle may park that vehicle on the lawn of a structure located in a residential district. Such vehicles include by way of example, but not by limitation, automobiles, trucks, buses, vans, sport utility vehicles, motorcycles, boats, and trailers. This section shall not be construed to preclude the parking of vehicles on the driveway area of the property. The person/entity responsible for the enforcement of this Section shall be the North Plainfield Police Department and/or a person/entity duly authorized by the Borough.
[Ord. #05-03]
No person or entity shall stop, park or place a vehicle in a stationary position, whether the motor is running or not, during the hours of 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on any day of the week upon any of the streets, or parts thereof, parking lots or parking areas, or parts thereof, or any other areas of the portion of Green Brook Park located within the geographic confines of the Borough of North Plainfield.
[Ord. #08-01]
No parking of any boat shall occur in any zone of the Borough of North Plainfield in and along any public street, thoroughfare or right-of-way between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. of any day of the week. "Boat," as used herein, or as to any use of the term in any part of § 7-3 of the Code, shall be defined as a ship, vessel and/or any other watercraft, which is used for, capable of being use for, or intended for use for transportation of any person, property, animal or other conveyance of any kind on the water.
[Ord. #520, A1, S 17.3; Ord. #520GGG-88-13, S 1; Ord. #00-18, S 1; Ord. #03-04; Ord. #04-04; Ord. No. 2018-14]
Trucks over four tons gross weight are hereby excluded from the streets or parts of streets described in Schedule VI except for the pickup and delivery of materials on such streets, Schedule VI of Chapter 7A.
[Ord. #520, A1, S 17.3; Ord. #520GG, S 1; Ord. #520GG-83-5, S 1; Ord. #01-12]
No person shall park any commercial vehicle with a gross registered weight over 6,500 pounds or any other vehicle with a gross registered weight over 8,000 pounds on any street within the Borough at any time, with the exception of vehicles providing a service on a short term or temporary basis for a period not to exceed 24 hours, such as but not limited to, moving vans, landscaping trucks, and delivery vehicles.
[Ord. #520, A1, S 17.4; Ord. #520L, S 17.3; Ord. #520HH, S 1; Ord. #05-18; Ord. No. 2018-12]
The streets or parts of streets described in Schedule VII of Chapter 7A are hereby designated as one-way streets in the direction indicated.
[Ord. #520, A1, S 17.1; Ord. No. 2016-03]
Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-140, the streets or parts of streets described in Schedule VIII of Chapter 7A are hereby designated as through streets. Stop signs shall be installed on the near right side of each street intersecting the through street except where yield signs are provided for in the designations.
[Ord. #520, A1, S 17.2A; Ord. #520P, S 1; Ord. #520DD, S 1; Ord. #520II, S 1; Ord. #520MM-83-12, S 1; Ord. #520XX-85-19, S 1; Ord. #520AAA-86-16, S 1; Ord. #520AAA-86-18; Ord. #520BBB-86-31; Ord. #520DDD-87-19, S 1; Ord. #520EEE-87-22, S 1; Ord. #97-03; Ord. #97-13; Ord. #04-17; Ord. #07-23; Ord. No. 2016-05; Ord. No. 2017-16]
Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-140, the intersections described in Schedule IX of Chapter 7A are hereby designated as stop intersections. Stop signs shall be installed as provided therein.
[Ord. #520, S 17.2B; Ord. #520JJ, S 1; Ord. #520ZZ-86-2, S 1; Ord. #89-11, S 3; Ord. No. 2016-04]
Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-140, the intersections described in Schedule X of Chapter 7A are hereby designated as yield intersections. Yield signs shall be installed as provided therein.
[Ord. #520-B, S 4; Ord. #520RR-84-15, S 1; Ord. #520ZZ-86-2, S C; Ord. #87-11, S 1; New; Ord. #91-16, S 1; Ord. #95-06, S 2; Ord. #01-01, S 1; Ord. No. 2016-15]
The locations described in Schedule XI of Chapter 7A are hereby designated as loading zones. It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle in or upon any of the locations described in Schedule XI for purposes other than the loading or unloading of merchandise being delivered or picked up by motor vehicles bearing commercial license plates.
[New]
The locations described in Schedule XII of Chapter 7A are hereby designated as taxi stands.
[Ord. #520X, S 1; Ord. #89-11, S 4; Ord. #08-17; Ord. #08-26]
The locations described in Schedule XIII of Chapter 7A are hereby designated as bus stops.
[Ord. #520, A1, S 17.5; Ord. #89-11, S 5; Ord. #96-28, S 1; Ord. #98-15]
No person shall make a left turn at any of the locations described in Schedule XIV of Chapter 7A.
[New; Ord. #04-09; Ord. No. 2017-14]
No person shall make a U-turn at any of the locations described in Schedule XV of Chapter 7A.
[New; Ord. #04-14]
No person shall make a turn at any of the locations described in Schedule XVI of Chapter 7A.
[New; Ord. #520III-88-20; Ord. #90-06, S 1]
No person shall make a right turn when facing a steady red signal (stop) indication whenever an official sign is present prohibiting such turn on the red signal as described in Schedule XVII of Chapter 7A.
[Ord. #96-28, S 2; Ord. #97-14; Ord. #04-10; Ord. #04-16]
No person shall make a right turn at any of the locations described in Schedule XXVI of Chapter 7A.
[New]
The streets or parts of streets described in Schedule XVIII of Chapter 7A shall have the speed limits designated in such schedule.
Regulatory and warning signs shall be erected and maintained to effect the above designated speed limits as authorized by the Department of Transportation.
[New; Ord. #04-11]
Unless another penalty is expressly provided by New Jersey statute, every person convicted of or who pleads guilty to a violation of a provision of this chapter or any supplement thereto, except for a conviction under Subsection 7-3.1A c, f or l through m, shall be liable to a penalty of not more than $50 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days or both. The penalty for violation of Subsection 7-3.1A I through m shall be as prescribed by Subsection 7-3.1B b of this chapter.
All former traffic ordinances of the Borough of North Plainfield covered in this Traffic 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.
[Ord. #87-29, SS 1, 2; Ord. #91-16, S 2; Ord. #94-16, S 1; Ord. #99-05; Ord. #05-15; Ord. No. 2018-11]
The locations described in Schedule XIX of Chapter 7A are hereby designated as school bus zones.
No parking, stopping or standing shall be permitted in such school bus zone by any vehicle other than a school bus.
[Ord. #90-10, S 1]
The streets or parts of streets described in Schedule XX of Chapter 7A are hereby established and shall be maintained as no-passing zones.
[Ord. #93-08, S 2; Ord. #01-14; Ord. #05-02; Ord. #11-07, S 1; Ord. No. 2015-10; Ord. No. 2016-02; Ord. No. 2017-15; Ord. No. 2019-01]
In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-197, the on-street locations described in Schedule XXI of Chapter 7A are designated as handicapped parking spaces. Such spaces are for use by persons who have been issued special identification cards for plates or placards by the Motor Vehicle Commission, or a temporary placard issued by the Chief of Police. No other person shall be permitted to park in these spaces.
[Ord. #93-08, S 2; Ord. #00-10, S 2; Ord. No. 2016-01]
In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-197, the off-street municipal parking yards and Board of Education property described in Schedule XXII of Chapter 7A are designated as handicapped parking spaces. Such spaces are for use by persons who have been issued special identification cards for plates or placards by the Motor Vehicle Commission, or a temporary placard issued by the Chief of Police. No other person shall be permitted to park in these spaces.
[Ord. #93-08, S 2]
In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.46, the off-street parking yards described in Schedule XXIII of Chapter 7A are designated as handicapped parking spaces. Such spaces are for use by persons who have been issued special identification cards for plates or placards by the Motor Vehicle Commission, or a temporary placard issued by the Chief of Police. No other person shall be permitted to park in these spaces.
[Ord. #93-08, S 2]
In accordance with the provision of N.J.S.A. 39:5A-1, the off-street parking yards described in Schedule XXIV of Chapter 7A are designated as handicapped parking spaces. Such spaces are for use by persons who have been issued special identification cards for plates or placards by the Motor Vehicle Commission, or a temporary placard issued by the Chief of Police. No other person shall be permitted to park in these spaces.
[Ord. #93-08, S 2]
The owners of the premises referred to in Subsections 7-15.3 and 7-15.4 shall provide and install signs and pavement markings for each parking space reserved for use by handicapped persons, which signing and markings shall be in accordance with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. The cost of procurement and installation of the signs and pavement markings shall be the responsibility of the owner of said property. The owner shall, subsequent to initial procurement and installation, maintain such signs and pavement markings in good condition at no cost or expense to the Borough. The owner shall be responsible for the repair and restoration or replacement of same.
[Ord. #95-07, S 1]
a. 
No owner, operator, lessee or occupant of any premises having a parking space reserved for handicapped drivers, nor any contractor or other person employed or engaged by any such owner, operator, lessee or occupant, may block or limit access to any handicapped parking space by the plowing or placement of snow, ice or other debris in such space.
b. 
In addition to any other penalties provided by this chapter or by statute, any person who violates any provision of this subsection shall be required to remove the snow, ice or other debris at his or her own expense, or shall be charged for the costs of such removal by the Borough.
[Ord. #96-17, S 2; Ord. #01-13; Ord. #11-07, S 2]
The locations described in Schedule XXV of Chapter 7A are hereby designated as parking spaces reserved for police vehicles. No parking, stopping or standing shall be permitted in such spaces by any vehicle other than a police vehicle. For the purposes of this Section, a police vehicle shall be defined as any motor vehicle, marked or unmarked, that is registered to or utilized by any federal, state, county or municipal law enforcement agency.
[Ord. #96-17, S 3; Ord. #96-23, S 1]
A midblock crosswalk is hereby created on Walnut Street beginning at a point 469 feet west of the westerly curbline of Grove Street to a point, extending 12 feet westerly therefrom.
[Ord. #01-04, S 1; Ord. #11-07, S 4]
The locations described in Schedule XXVII of Chapter 7A are hereby designated as parking spaces reserved for municipal vehicles. No parking, stopping or standing shall be permitted in such spaces by any vehicle other than a municipal vehicle. For purposes of this section, a municipal vehicle shall be defined as any motor vehicle, marked or unmarked, that is registered to or utilized by a state, county or municipality.
[Ord. No. 01-15]
The Borough of North Plainfield shall permit charitable organizations as defined in N.J.S.A. 45:17A-20 to solicit contributions in certain designated roadways situate in the Borough of North Plainfield in accordance with the provisions contained herein.
[Ord. #01-15]
All charitable organizations as defined in N.J.S.A. 45:17A-20 who desire to solicit contributions in designated roadways situate in the Borough of North Plainfield shall file an application for a permit with the North Plainfield Borough Clerk on a form supplied by said Clerk specifying the following information:
a. 
Name of applicant organization.
b. 
Address of applicant organization.
c. 
Telephone number of applicant organization.
d. 
Contact person of applicant organization.
e. 
Specific location or locations of proposed charitable solicitation.
f. 
Dates and times of proposed charitable solicitation.
g. 
If said request pertains to a location or locations on any county highway, or intersection of a county highway, said application shall include a copy of an authorization from the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders to permit said charitable solicitation.
h. 
If said request pertains to a location or locations on any state highway or intersection of a state highway, said application shall include a copy of an authorization from the Commissioner of Transportation of the State of New Jersey to permit said charitable solicitation.
i. 
Description of the manner in which the motorist solicitation will be conducted and the procedures to be used to ensure the safety of the members of the public who will be traveling the roadways situate in the Borough of North Plainfield.
[Ord. #01-15]
Upon the filing of a complete application in accordance with the provisions of this section, the North Plainfield Borough Clerk shall present same to the North Plainfield Borough Council for its review and consideration, after which the Borough Council shall grant or deny the applicant's request. In the event the Borough Council grants the applicant's request, it shall issue a permit to the applicant which shall be subject to the representations contained in the applicant's application and any conditions imposed by the Borough Council.
[Ord. #01-15]
In no event shall any charitable organization requesting authorization from the Borough of North Plainfield for said charitable solicitations use any individual under the age of 18 years to perform any function or task associated with the said charitable solicitation in any roadway.
[Ord. #01-15]
Any charitable organization requesting authorization from the Borough of North Plainfield for said charitable solicitation shall comply with all of the terms and conditions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-60, as amended by P.L. 1997, Chapter 82, approved April 30, 1997.
[Ord. #01-15]
Roadways in which charitable contributions may be solicited: Somerset Street.
[Added 6-10-2019 by Ord. No. 19-07]
The locations described in Schedule XXVIII of Chapter 7A are hereby designated as locations for on-street parking reserved for Fire Department vehicles.