Township of Bloomfield, NJ
Essex County
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The following words and phrases, which are not defined in Subtitle 1 of Title 39 of the New Jersey Statutes Annotated, shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in this section for purposes of this article:
[Amended 4-16-2012 by Ord. No. 12-26; 5-21-2018 by Ord. No. 18-19]
A. 
Any mechanical or electronic multispace device or meter not inconsistent with this article placed or erected for the regulation of parking by authority of this article. Each parking meter installed shall indicate by proper legend the legal parking time established by the terms of this article and, when operated, shall at all times indicate the balance of legal parking time and, at the expiration of such period, shall indicate illegal or overtime parking.
B. 
An "electronic multispace meter box" shall be defined as a meter box placed on a pedestal whose time and parking space number display are activated by the deposit of the appropriate coin or coins or the insertion of a magnetic stripe card in lieu of actual coinage.
PARKING METER SPACE
Any space within a parking meter zone which is adjacent to a parking meter and which is duly designated for the parking of a single vehicle by lines painted or otherwise durably marked on the curb or on the surface of the street or lot adjacent to or adjoining the parking meters.
[Amended 4-16-2012 by Ord. No. 12-26; 5-21-2018 by Ord. No. 18-19]
PARKING METER ZONE
Any restricted on-street parking area or off-street parking lot upon which parking meters are installed and in operation.
[Amended 4-16-2012 by Ord. No. 12-26]
The Township Council is hereby directed and authorized to provide for the marking off of individual parking spaces in the parking meter zones designated and described in Schedule XXIV (§ 254-64), said parking spaces to be designated by lines, signs, or other markings. At each space, it shall be unlawful to park any vehicle in such a way that said vehicle shall not be entirely within the limits of the space so designated.
[Amended 4-16-2012 by Ord. No. 12-26]
In said parking meter zones, the Parking Authority of the Township of Bloomfield shall cause parking meters to be installed upon the curb, sidewalk or areas proximate to the parking spaces provided in § 254-32 of this article. No parking meters shall be installed in areas where parking is prohibited pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:4-138. Each device shall be so set as to display a signal or issue customer receipts or paper slips showing legal parking upon the deposit of the appropriate United States currency or valid credit or debit card, for the period of time determined by the Parking Authority. Each device shall be capable of providing information to parking enforcement officers and parking customers that upon expiration of the lawful time limit, the lawful parking period has expired, and in such case the right of such vehicle to occupy such space shall cease, and the operator, owner, possessor or manager thereof shall be subject to the penalties hereinafter provided.
[Amended 4-16-2012 by Ord. No. 12-26]
Except in a period of emergency determined by an officer of the Fire or Police Department, or in compliance with the directions of a police officer or traffic control sign or signal, when any vehicle shall be parked in any parking space which is controlled by a parking meter, the operator of such vehicle shall, upon entering the said parking meter space, immediately deposit or cause to be deposited in said meter such proper United States currency or valid credit or debit card as is required for such parking meter and as is designated by proper directions on the meter, and when required by the directions on the meter, the operator of such vehicle, after the deposit of the proper fee, shall also set in operation the timing mechanism on such meter in accordance with directions properly appearing thereon, and failure to deposit such proper fee, and to set the timing mechanism in operation when so required shall constitute a violation of this article. Upon the deposit of such fee (and the setting of the timing mechanism in operation when so required), the parking space may be lawfully occupied by such vehicle during the period of time which has been prescribed for the part of the street or parking lot in which said parking space is located, provided that any person placing a vehicle in a parking meter space adjacent to a meter which indicates that unused time has been left in the meter by the previous occupant of the space shall not be required to deposit a fee so long as his occupancy of said space does not exceed the indicated unused parking time. If said vehicle shall remain parked in any such parking space beyond the parking time limit set for such parking space and if the meter shall indicate such illegal parking, then and in that event such vehicle shall be considered as parking overtime and beyond the period of legal parking time, and such parking shall be deemed a violation of this article.
[Amended 4-16-2012 by Ord. No. 12-26]
When a parking meter space is parallel with the adjacent curb or sidewalk and controlled by a single-headed meter, no person shall park or permit the parking of any vehicle in such parking space in any other position than with the foremost part of such vehicle nearest to the parking meter; when a parking meter space is parallel with the adjacent curb or sidewalk and is controlled by a double-headed parking meter, no person shall park or permit the parking of any vehicle in such parking space in any other position than with the foremost or rearmost part of such vehicle nearest to the parking meter; when a parking meter space is diagonal to the curb or sidewalk, no person shall park or permit the parking of any vehicle in such parking space in any other position than with the foremost part of such vehicle nearest to the parking meter; when a parking meter shall have been installed at the head of and immediately adjacent to any parking space on a municipal off-street parking lot, no person shall park or permit the parking of any vehicle in such parking space in any other position than with the foremost part of such vehicle nearest to the parking meter; provided, however, that in municipal off-street parking lots, signs shall be erected indicating that "head-on" parking only is permitted. In any event, a vehicle shall be parked within the lines marked on the pavement measuring such parking space.
It shall be unlawful and a violation of the provisions of this article for any person to:
A. 
Cause, allow, permit or suffer any vehicle registered in the name of or operated by such person to be parked overtime or beyond the period of legal parking time established for any parking meter zone as herein described, or to deposit in any parking meter any United States currency or valid credit or debit card for the purpose of parking beyond the maximum legal parking time for the particular parking meter zone.
[Amended 4-16-2012 by Ord. No. 12-26]
B. 
Permit any vehicle to remain or be placed in any parking space controlled by any parking meter while said meter is displaying a signal or has provided evidence indicating that the vehicle occupying such parking space has already been parked beyond the period prescribed for such parking space.
[Amended 4-16-2012 by Ord. No. 12-26]
C. 
Park any vehicle across any line or marking of a parking meter space or in such position that the vehicle shall not be entirely within the area designated by lines, markings or signage.
[Amended 4-16-2012 by Ord. No. 12-26]
D. 
Deface, injure, tamper with, open or willfully break, destroy or impair the usefulness of any parking meter installed under the provisions of this article.
E. 
Deposit or cause to be deposited in any parking meter any slug, device or metal substance or other substitute for lawful currency.
[Amended 4-16-2012 by Ord. No. 12-26]
F. 
Park or permit the parking of any vehicle in any parking meter space where the meter does not register lawful parking.
G. 
Parking or permit the parking of any vehicle in any parking meter space where the meter is broken and inoperable.
[Added 3-4-2002 by Ord. No. 02-09]
[Amended 4-16-2012 by Ord. No. 12-26]
A. 
It shall be the duty of the police officers, acting in accordance with instructions issued by the Chief of Police or parking enforcement officers to report:
(1) 
The number of each parking meter which indicates that the vehicle occupying the parking space controlled by such parking meter is or has been parked in violation of any of the provisions of this article.
(2) 
The state license number of such vehicle.
(3) 
That such vehicle is parked in violation of any of the provisions of this article.
(4) 
Any other facts, a knowledge of which is necessary to a thorough understanding of the circumstances attending such violation.
B. 
Each such police officer or parking enforcement officer shall also attach to such vehicle a notice to the owner thereof that such vehicle has been parked in violation of a provision of this article, and instructing such owner to report to the Municipal Court with regard to such violation.
Any vehicle left parked for a period exceeding expiration of the maximum parking time indicated during the hours of operation specified in the space in which the vehicle is parked shall be towed, under the direction of the Police Department, to a place designated by the Chief of Police for impoundment, subject to redemption by the owner upon payment of the reasonable cost of towing and storage set forth by the towing contractor who tows the vehicle in question.
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Editor's Note: Former § 254-39, Purpose of meter deposits, and former § 254-40, Collection of coins from meters; disposition thereof, were repealed 4-16-2012 by Ord. No. 12-26.