[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Bridgewater 12-6-1976 by Ord. No. 76-39. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Whenever any words and phrases are used in this chapter, the meaning ascribed to them in Subtitle 1 of Title 39 of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey shall be deemed to apply to such words and phrases used herein. The definitions established by N.J.R.S. 39:1-1 shall govern the meaning of any words and phrases used herein.
No person shall at any time park, stop or stand a vehicle within six feet of any door, doorway or other means of ingress or egress to any building or facility which is open to the public or to which the public has been invited, including but not limited to all places of public accommodation, schools, churches, nursing homes, hospitals and municipally owned or operated facilities.
Such areas shall be designated as "no-parking zones," and signs or other adequate markings approved by the Bridgewater Township Bureau of Fire Prevention shall be placed at such locations.
Whenever it is deemed necessary for the public safety, the Bridgewater Township Bureau of Fire Prevention may require the owner or owners of any hospital, nursing home, convalescent home or other related use to designate a fire zone in the driveways and/or parking areas of the facility in accordance with a plan (designating such areas) which would be submitted to and approved by the Bridgewater Township Bureau of Fire Prevention. Fire zones and/or fire lanes would be a minimum of 20 feet in width and/or a maximum of 50 feet in width. Such zones or lanes would be marked either by approved signs or by other adequate marking approved by the Bridgewater Township Bureau of Fire Prevention.
Whenever it is deemed necessary for the public safety, the Bridgewater Township Bureau of Fire Prevention may require any board of education, municipality or the owner of any school or municipally operated facility to designate a fire zone in the driveways and/or parking areas of the facility in accordance with a plan (designating such areas) which would be submitted to and approved by the Bridgewater Township Bureau of Fire Prevention. Fire zones and/or fire lanes would be a minimum of 20 feet in width and/or a maximum of 50 feet in width. Such zones or lanes would be marked either by approved signs or by other adequate marking approved by the Bridgewater Township Bureau of Fire Prevention.
[Amended 5-2-1988 by Ord. No. 88-6; 8-4-2003 by Ord. No. 03-29]
Designation of fire lanes and fire zones.
Certain areas shall be designated as fire lanes where parking of vehicles, objects or any temporary structure is strictly prohibited to provide clear access to buildings for fire-fighting equipment if an emergency. Fire hydrants and water-connection devices located on local, county, state and private roads shall be designated as fire zones.
Fire lanes and fire zones may be located on public or private property.
Fire lanes and fire zones shall he established by the Township Fire Official, and drawings of properties delineating fire lanes and fire zones shall be kept on file in the office of the Bureau of Fire Safety.
Notice to affected owners of private property.
Notice that a property requires the posting of signs or marking of fire lanes and fire zones shall be sent to the owner of private property by the Bureau of Fire Safety either by personal delivery or certified mail.
Within 30 days of receipt of notice, said property owner shall install required signs and paint required stripes.
Intervention by Township for failure to comply. If a private property owner fails to comply with the signage and marking requirements, the Bureau of Fire Safety may arrange to have signs installed and pavement painted at the expense of the property owner, said amount to be assessed against the property affected and collected through the Tax Collector's office.
Parking stopping or standing of vehicles prohibited. No person shall park, stop or leave standing any vehicle, whether attended or unattended, in any designated fire lane or fire zone or obstruct any designated fire lane or fire zone.
Restrictions for loading zones. In loading zones designated herein, attended vehicles may stop solely for the purpose of loading or unloading and only for the period of time necessary to accomplish such loading or unloading.
Installation of signs; painting of lines.
Areas designated as fire lanes and fire zones shall be identified by signs placed along their entire length at intervals of no less than 50 feet apart. The words "Fire Lane (or Fire Zone) No Parking or Standing" shall appear on the sign, with lettering three inches or more in height. Diagonal yellow lines shall be painted on the pavement along the length of the fire lanes and fire zones where possible. Fire lanes shall have a minimum width of 18 feet.
Fire zones associated with fire hydrants and water-connection devices shall be identified with yellow paint extending 15 feet in both directions on the curb and/or pavement where possible.
Enforcement agencies. The Bureau of Fire Safety, the Bureau of Fire Prevention and the Bridgewater Police Department shall have concurrent jurisdiction in policing and issuing summons for violations of this chapter.
Violations and penalties.
Owners of private property failing to install signs or markings within 30 days of receipt of notice shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $500 in accordance with the requirements of the New Jersey Fire Safety Code.
Violators who park illegally in a fire lane or fire zone shall be subject to a fine of $75 and up to 90 days of community service. Said fine shall be imposed on complaint and conviction in the Municipal Court of the Township of Bridgewater.
All fines and penalties shall be paid to the Township of Bridgewater Treasury.
Any signs or other markings initially required by virtue of this chapter shall be erected or installed by the Township. Thereafter such signs and designated areas shall be maintained and, if necessary, replaced by the owner or operators of the property involved.
[Amended 10-3-1977 by Ord. No. 77-37]
Any person or corporation or entity who shall violate any provision of this chapter or fail to comply with the requirements hereunder or any order or directive promulgated hereunder shall be liable to a penalty of not more than $500 or imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days, or both.
In the event of violation of this chapter, any member of the Bridgewater Township Police Department is hereby authorized to arrange for the towing of any vehicle parked in violation of this chapter. The cost of such towing is to be borne by the person or corporation or entity violating the provision of this chapter.