[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Lansdowne 6-7-2006 by Ord. No. 1217. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Any resident of the Borough of Lansdowne may make application to the Borough to request a handicapped parking space on his or her street only after acquiring a handicapped license plate or placard or a disabled veteran license plate from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
All applications should be made to the Lansdowne Police Department at the Borough Hall.
New applications shall be reviewed by a committee of three consisting of the Chief of Police, Fire Chief and the Code Director (or their respective appointee). Based upon the criteria contained within this chapter, the committee will make a recommendation to the Chief of Police, who in turn will make the final determination regarding whether a handicapped parking space should be granted.
Renewal applications shall be reviewed by the Chief of Police who will make the determination regarding renewal of existing spaces.
An incomplete application form is grounds for denial of the application.
There will be no application fee. Upon approval of a handicapped parking space by the Chief of Police, the Chief of Police shall direct the Borough's Public Works Department to delineate such parking spot by painting or marking the streets and to install such handicapped parking sign as may be required by the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicles Code.
Each holder of a permit for a handicapped parking space shall apply for renewal of the permit on an annual basis.
Applications for renewal shall be submitted to the Police Department between January 1 and January 31 of each calendar year.
In making the final determination regarding the renewal of a previously permitted handicapped space, the Chief of Police shall apply the criteria contained in this chapter.
Once a permit is not renewed for any reason, any application by the same applicant shall be considered a new application and shall be governed by the provisions of the policy.
No permit shall be granted where adequate, handicapped-accessible off-street parking is available to the applicant.
All applicants shall meet at least one of the requirements listed below. Applicants may be asked to produce documentation verifying the respective condition, including confirmation by written physician opinion, or the applicant may be asked to otherwise produce demonstration of impairment.
The applicant is wheelchair-confined.
The person requesting a permit is caring for a person who has a severe physical or mental disability.
The applicant is unable to walk a distance of 50 feet.
The applicant has a severe cardiopulmonary insufficiency requiring the use of ambulatory oxygen.
The applicant requires the use of prosthetic devices that restrict normal ambulation.
The applicant has other physical or mental limitations that the committee believes are severe enough to warrant a handicapped parking space.
Cars parked in handicapped spaces remain subject to overnight parking restrictions and ordinances and the obligation to obtain a permit for overnight parking.
The Borough of Lansdowne reserves the right to revoke any permit for a handicapped parking space at any time, for any reason.
Only persons in vehicles bearing a handicapped license plate or placard or a disabled veteran license plate from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania may park a vehicle in a handicapped parking space created hereunder. Persons who park in a handicapped parking space in violation of this chapter shall be subject to the penalties contained in the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicles Code for illegal parking in a handicapped parking space.