This Article is adopted pursuant to the regulatory powers conferred upon municipalities with respect to traffic and parking regulations at parking yards, parking places and areas open to the public or to which the public is invited, as set forth in N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.46.
As used in this Article, the following words shall have the meanings indicated:
- ACCESS LANE
- The lanes provided for access to the parking spaces.
- DIRECTIONAL ARROW
- Arrows painted on the surface of the parking lot or depicted on signs indicating the permitted direction of movement of traffic in the access lanes.
- All public, private or commercial establishments, including Township and public buildings and lots, schools, churches, theaters, apartment houses, retail and wholesale stores and shopping centers, providing or required to provide off-street parking for the use of visitors, parishioners, students, teachers, customers, patrons, tenants or employees or others parking their cars while having business at or attending the establishment.
- FIRE LANE
- A ten-foot-wide lane abutting and parallel to the curbline in front of and along the rear and side of the buildings comprising the establishment and the access to and from them from the public roads or streets bounding the parking lot for the use of firefighting and other emergency equipment, provided that where it is impractical to so located the "fire lane," it shall mean such substitute "fire lane" for such purpose designated by the Township Fire Marshal.
- PARKING LOT or ESTABLISHMENT PARKING LOT
- The entire area so provided by the establishment for off-street parking, including the means of access thereto by vehicle or on foot from public streets, the buildings or other areas comprising the establishment, including all parking spaces, access lanes, turnarounds and fire lanes.
- PARKING SPACE
- The space indicated on the surface of the parking lot for parking a single vehicle.
The owners of a parking lot serving an establishment shall clearly delineate with painted lines on the surface of the parking lot each parking space, the permitted direction of traffic by directional arrows and the fire lanes by a painted line and the phrase "fire lane" or "fire lane — no parking." Where the surface is such that painting is impractical, there shall be substituted concrete or other markers and/or signs.
In the case of parking lots having a portion reserved for parking or standing of cars of officials or employees or for school buses or for loading or unloading areas or other purposes, the permitted parking area so reserved shall be clearly marked and the restriction painted on the surface or marked by a sign. No person shall park a car in such a reserved area except in compliance with the reservation.
No person shall park a motor vehicle in any place in a parking lot except within the lines of a designated parking space and particularly shall not park in a fire lane.
No person shall drive a motor vehicle to or from any parking space or over any part of a parking lot except in the access lanes.
No person shall drive a motor vehicle in any parking lot along an access lane except in the direction indicated by the directional arrows and on the driver's right-hand side of such lane.
No person shall operate a motor vehicle in a parking lot at a speed greater than 15 miles per hour (mph).
The operator of a motor vehicle being driven from a public parking lot to a public road shall bring the vehicle to a complete stop at the exit to the public road and shall yield to all traffic approaching from on the public road.
The operator of a motor vehicle entering an access lane from an intersecting access lane shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle in the intersecting access lane approaching from the driver's right.
Any vehicle parked in a parking lot in violation of the terms of this Article may be hauled away to a garage at the owner's or operator's expense.
No vehicle and no person whether in a vehicle or on foot shall enter or remain in such parking lot without express or implied invitation from the owner or from the proprietor or a tenant of one of the establishments served by the parking lot. An invitation, express or implied, shall be deemed to have been extended to the owners, proprietors, tenants and employees of the establishment served by the parking lot.
The following persons shall have access to the parking lot:
Police, emergency, utility or other persons or vehicles necessarily entering the parking lot in discharge of their necessary functions in connection therewith at any time.
Visitors, parishioners, students, customers or shoppers during the time any of the establishments served by the parking lot are open.