[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Fire Zones
Article II Handicapped Parking
[Adopted 10-28-1986 by Ord. No. 86:72 as Sec. 3-15 of the 1986 Code]
[Amended 9-23-2008 by Ord. No. 2008:26]
All curb and pavement markings and all signage in areas designated as "no parking fire zones" shall be in accordance with the most current edition of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control. All signage shall read "No Parking Anytime."
Pavement marking. All curbs within the designated fire zone shall be painted yellow except when Belgian block curbing is utilized, then a four-inch solid line, one foot from the base of the curb, shall be painted.
The maps on file in the Township Clerk's office are adopted by reference as if such maps were attached to and made a part of this article.
The Fire Prevention Bureau of the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills is hereby authorized, subject to approval by ordinance adopted by the Township Council, to establish fire zones on properties in the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills devoted for public uses, including, but not limited to, shopping centers, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, public buildings, churches, garden apartment complexes, multifamily dwelling complexes, including condominiums, and similar uses, where the operation and parking of motor vehicles in close proximity to buildings located on such properties would prevent adequate ingress, egress, and operation of fire equipment and other emergency vehicles.
In accordance with the provisions of this article, no person shall park a vehicle at any time upon any of the following described locations. (For more complete information refer to the maps on file at the Township Clerk's office.)
[Adopted 10-28-1986 by Ord. No. 87-58 as Sec. 3-17 of the 1986 Code]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- HANDICAPPED PERSON
- Includes any person who has lost the use of one or more limbs
as a consequence of paralysis, amputation, or other permanent disability
or who is permanently disabled so as to be unable to ambulate without
the aid of an assisting device or whose mobility is otherwise limited
as certified by a physician with a plenary license to practice medicine
and surgery; a podiatrist licensed to practice in this state or a
bordering state; a physician stationed at a military or naval installation
located in this state who is licensed to practice in any state; or
a chiropractic physician licensed to practice in this state or a bordering
state.[Amended 12-20-2005 by Ord. No. 2005:31]
- A. The identification card issued to a handicapped person by the Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles in the Department of Law and Public Safety, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 39:4-205. "Handicapped person identification card" shall also mean the placard issued by the Township Police Department to an applicant upon the certification of a physician that the applicant is temporarily disabled in one of the ways described in the definition of "handicapped person" above. Placards issued by the Township Police Department pursuant to this article shall remain valid for six months from the date of issuance, with only one extension of six months allowed, and shall have listed upon them the date such placard expires.
- B. The category. of handicapped person identification card shall also include handicapped nursing home resident identification cards issued to nursing home owners or operators for use by that person in a vehicle owned or operated by the nursing home and used to transport handicapped nursing home residents.
- HANDICAPPED PERSON PLACARD or LICENSE PLATE
- The placard or license plate issued to a handicapped person pursuant to N.J.S.A. 39:4-206, indicating that the person has been issued a handicapped person identification card, such placard or license plate to be displayed on the motor vehicle used to transport the handicapped person when the vehicle is parked in parking spaces designed for use by handicapped persons.
- PARKING LOT
- Any area, inside or outside a public building or upon private property, set aside for the parking of vehicles with or without charge to the owners of these vehicles.
- PUBLIC BUILDING
- Any building, structure, facility or complex used by the
general public or to which the general public is invited, including,
but not limited to, theaters, concert halls, auditoriums, museums,
schools, libraries, hospitals, recreation facilities, office buildings,
factories, business establishments, public eating places, motels and
hotels, shopping centers and the like, whether publicly or privately
owned, except that this term shall not include private family residences,
warehouse storage areas and all buildings containing hazardous occupancies
that involve highly combustible, highly flammable or explosive materials.[Amended by Ord. No. 90:76]
Parking spaces restricted for use by handicapped persons who have been issued handicapped person identification cards, and display handicapped person placards or license plates, are hereby established in all parking lots within the Township provided in conjunction with or to serve public buildings, to be designated as such in accordance with the guidelines hereinafter set forth. Any parking lot with less than 20 existing spaces shall be exempt from the provisions of this article, but such exemption shall not apply to newly constructed or remodeled buildings and structures. Handicapped parking spaces which are voluntarily established in parking lots which are exempt from the provisions of this article and which have been properly designated, approved and marked in compliance with this article shall be restricted for the use of handicapped persons and enforceable under this article.
[Amended by Ord. No. 90:76]
A minimum of one handicapped parking space shall be designated for handicapped parking by each owner of a parking lot as defined hereinabove which contains up to 50 parking spaces. A minimum of two handicapped parking spaces shall be designated in parking lots containing 51 to 200 parking spaces. For lots containing over 200 parking spaces, a minimum of 1% of the total number of spaces in the lot shall be required (rounded to the next higher whole number). These minimum standards shall not preclude a determination by the Township Police Department that additional spaces shall be required to be designated where necessary due to parking lot configuration, number of entrances, distances between buildings or similar considerations.
The designated handicapped parking spaces shall be located in an area of the parking lot which is most accessible and proximate to the public building(s) the lot serves, as approved by the Police Department of the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills pursuant to § 285-8.
The signing and pavement marking of handicapped parking spaces shall conform to the specifications as prescribed by the New Jersey Department of Transportation in the latest revision of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways. All signs indicating the existence of handicapped parking spaces shall, no later than June 30, 1991, state the penalties imposed for violations of this article pursuant to § 285-13.
Each handicapped parking space shall be a minimum of 12 feet in width to permit handicapped persons to get in and out of either side of a motor vehicle onto a level, paved surface suitable for wheeling and walking.
Where possible, such spaces shall be located so that handicapped persons are not compelled to wheel or walk behind parked cars.
Where applicable, as determined by the Police Department of the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills, curb ramps shall be provided to permit handicapped persons access from the parking lot to a sidewalk.
The owners of all premises required to provide handicapped parking spaces as specified herein shall submit a sketch plan indicating the present or proposed location of such spaces to the Commander of the Traffic Division of the Township Police Department within 30 days from the effective date of this article. The sketch plan shall require approval by the Commander of the Traffic Division or his designee and shall be retained and kept on file in the Township Police Department. The sketch plan must be approved prior to the installation of any new handicapped parking spaces. Where parking spaces presently exist on property subject to these requirements, they shall be visually inspected by the Commander of the Traffic Division or his designee for conformance with the sketch plan and to insure that they are the proper size and designated and marked according to law. In all cases, once the sketch plan has been approved, the owner shall have 60 days from the date of approval to install and mark new handicapped spaces or correct deficiencies in existing spaces. Any owner failing to submit a sketch plan as required or to provide properly designated and marked handicapped parking stalls within the time periods prescribed in this article shall be subject to penalties in accordance with § 285-13 of this article.
Handicapped parking spaces installed pursuant to an approved sketch plan shall not be altered or moved unless a new sketch plan has been submitted and the change has been approved by the Police Department.
All signing, pavement, markings, depressed curbing and/or ramps shall be maintained in good and proper condition, including but not limited to the condition that required markings and signs should remain distinctly visible at all times. Any owner of premises required to provide handicapped parking spaces who shall fail to maintain such spaces in proper condition shall be subject to penalties in accordance with § 285-13 of this article.
[Amended by Ord. No. 90:76]
Except when necessary to avoid avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a traffic or police officer or traffic sign or signal, no operator of a vehicle shall stand or park the vehicle in any space appropriately designated for use by the physically handicapped unless the vehicle is authorized by law to park therein.
Where a passenger or driver of a motor vehicle is authorized by his possession of handicapped person identification card to park in a handicapped parking space, the identification card or placard shall be placed on the top of the dashboard near the steering wheel so as to be visible through the front windshield of the car, and failure to place this identification card as described above when otherwise properly parking in a handicapped parking space will constitute a violation of this article subject to the penalties of § 285-13.
This article shall be enforced by the Police Department of the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills.
[Amended by Ord. No. 90:76]
Any person parking a motor vehicle in a parking space appropriately designated as restricted for use by handicapped persons without a special vehicle identification card issued by the Division of Motor Vehicles pursuant to N.J.S.A. 39:4-204 et seq. and 39:4-197.5, as amended, shall be subject to a fine as set forth in N.J.S.A. 39:4-197(3)c, as amended.
[Amended 11-12-2003 by Ord. No. 03:32]
No penalty shall be imposed for the parking overtime of any vehicle which has displayed thereon a placard or wheelchair symbol license plate unless such vehicle shall have been parked in one location for more than 24 hours, as long as the driver or a passenger of said car at the time of the overtime parking has a valid placard or special license plate issued to him or her.
Any person who violates this section by failing to designate or maintain handicapped parking spaces as required hereunder or otherwise fails to comply with any section of this article shall be liable for a penalty of $100. Each and every day of noncompliance shall be considered a separate violation.