[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of West Deptford 8-4-1977 by Ord. No. 77-12 as Section 15:3 of the General Ordinances. Section 110-7B amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- An unlicensed motor-driven vehicle or conveyance, including but not necessarily limited to two-wheel motor vehicles known as "mini-bicycles," "trail bicycles" or "motor scooters." The term "minibike" shall not include "motorized bicycles" as defined in Chapter 250 of the Laws of 1975.
- Any individual, association or corporation.
Editor's Note: This definition is in N.J.S.A. 39:1-1.
From and after the effective date of this chapter, no person shall own, ride or operate a minibike within the Township of West Deptford unless such minibike is registered pursuant to the terms of this chapter.
Application for registration shall be made by the owner of a minibike to the Township Chief of Police upon a form approved by him, which form shall require the name and address of the owner, the make, model and serial number of the minibike and such information as the Chief of Police shall deem necessary and proper.
The owner shall sign the application form for registration and shall certify that the information contained therein is true.
A separate registration shall be required for each minibike.
The Chief of Police or his designee, upon receipt of the application form and the registration fee, shall issue to the registrant a minibike tag, which shall be attached to the seat of the minibike in a prominent place so as to be visible from the rear. The tag number shall be noted on the form.
The Chief of Police or his designee shall be responsible for the custody and maintenance of all registration forms.
No person shall remove, destroy, mutilate or alter any minibike tag or the number which appears thereon.
Every person who sells or transfers ownership of a registered minibike shall report such sale or transfer to the Chief of Police and shall return the minibike tag issued for such minibike.
No person shall operate a minibike on private property of another without the express written permission to do so by the owner of said property.
No person shall operate a minibike on any public street or public grounds located within the Township of West Deptford.
No person shall operate a minibike on public school property without express written permission to do so by the Board of Education.
No person shall operate a minibike in such manner as to create loud, unnecessary or unusual noise so as to disturb or interfere with the peace and quiet of other persons.
No person shall operate a minibike in a careless, reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger or be likely to endanger the safety of any person or the property of any other person.
Any person under the age of 18 years who violates or fails to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter shall be, for the first offense, reprimanded in writing by the Police Department. Such writing shall be addressed to the parents or guardian of the offender and shall state the nature of the violation. Upon a second or subsequent violation of this chapter, a juvenile complaint will be signed against the offender.
Any person 18 years of age or older who violates or fails to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to the penalties provided for in § 1-15 of Chapter 1, General Provisions, of this Code.
Any minibike which is used or operated and which does not display a minibike tag issued pursuant to this chapter shall be impounded by the West Deptford township police and shall be stored in such a place as is designated by the Chief of Police.
The owner of any minibike so impounded may reclaim same upon proof of compliance with the provisions of this chapter and upon payment of all costs and charges incurred by the township for towing and storage of the minibike. The Chief of Police is authorized to prepare a schedule of costs and charges for towing and storage. Such schedule shall become effective upon publication and filing with the office of the Township Clerk and the Township Committee. Any modifications to said schedule shall be accomplished in a like manner.
When a minibike is impounded, the Police Department shall keep and maintain a record which shall contain, where possible, the color, make, model, year and serial number. These records shall also include the date and hour of impoundment, the location from which impounded, the reason for impoundment, the name of the impounding officer and the location at which the minibike is stored.