[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Clinton as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Derived from Sec. 8-10 of the 1999 Code of the Township of Clinton]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- HANDICAPPED PERSON
- A person who qualifies under the definition of N.J.S.A. 39:4-204 or 39:4-206 and who possesses a handicapped person identification card and a placard (prominently displayed in the front window dashboard of the vehicle) and/or a handicapped license plate, issued by the Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles.
- PUBLIC PARKING
- Any building, structure, facility or complex used by the general public including, but not limited to, municipal and/or government-owned buildings, shopping malls, stores, markets, hotels, recreation facilities, schools, office buildings, public eating places, whether publicly or privately owned, with the following exceptions: loading docks and all buildings that involve highly combustible, flammable or explosive material.
Parking spaces for the physically handicapped shall be constructed in accordance with the following guidelines:
Handicapped parking is required for all buildings with public parking areas for 20 or more vehicles. The Planning Board or Board of Adjustment may, in connection with its review of an application for development of a property with parking for less than 20 vehicles, require a handicapped parking space if warranted by particular circumstances.
Designated parking spaces for handicapped persons shall be required as follows:
Any existing building or buildings which have total public parking for 20 or more vehicles and do not have handicapped parking spaces provided are not subject to this article until such time as the owners or proprietors or agents of said property seek site plan approval and/or variance relief from the Planning Board and/or Board of Adjustment.
Handicapped parking spaces will be located in parking areas most accessible and approximate to the entrance to the building which the facility serves. The determination of said locations shall be made by the Construction Official, or Township Engineer, in conjunction with the owner or as directed by the Planning Board or Board of Adjustment.
Each handicapped parking space or group of spaces shall be identified in accordance with specifications in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, which sign shall also state the penalties which may be imposed for violations thereof.
Each space shall be 12 feet wide (or as required by statute) and on a level surface.
All signs and pavement markers shall be maintained in good and proper condition by the property owner and must remain clearly visible at all times. Failure to comply will result in a summons and fine not to exceed $100.
[Amended 11-10-2004 by Ord. No. 865-04]
It shall be unlawful for any person to stop, park or stand a motor vehicle in a legally designated handicapped parking space unless such a person is a handicapped person or is transporting a handicapped person and is using the handicapped parking space for the benefit of that handicapped person. Any person who shall violate this article shall be subject to a fine of $250 for the first offense, plus, for subsequent offenses, a fine of at least $250 and up to 90 days' community service or such terms and in such form as the court shall deem appropriate or any combination thereof.
Any vehicle illegally parked in a handicapped parking zone shall be towed to a designated garage when a handicapped person requests to the police that it be towed. The police, within their own authority, may have such vehicle towed (all subject to state statutes). The charges for towing and storing such vehicle shall be the responsibility of the owner of the vehicle.
This section shall be enforced by the Department of Police.
[Derived from Sec. 8-11 of the 1999 Code of the Township of Clinton]
No person shall park in the area situated on the following described premises, unless they have been issued special vehicle identification cards by the New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles, when using a motor vehicle for which a special vehicle identification card has been issued by the Division.