[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Aleppo 5-9-1989 by Ord. No. 147. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is the intent, purpose and scope of this chapter to provide for the designation of fire lanes wherever it appears that parking congestion may create a hazard by impeding the free movement of firefighting equipment, anywhere within the Township of Aleppo, on public or private property. Said chapter shall be known as the "Fire Lane Ordinance."
As used in this chapter, the following words shall have the meanings set forth below:
- FIRE CHIEF
- The Aleppo Township Volunteer Fire Chief, or such a person appointed by him for the enforcement and administration of this chapter.
- The Township of Aleppo in Allegheny County, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The Fire Chief shall have the power to designate fire lanes anywhere within the Township on private or public property where he or she deems that parking congestion may create a hazard by impeding the free movement of firefighting equipment. The Fire Chief may consult any other Township official or consultant in making such designation. Such fire lanes shall be marked in such a fashion as to indicate their location and posted with NO PARKING FIRE LANE signs. Parking shall be prohibited within the designated fire lanes.
The Township Secretary or his or her designee shall prescribe and issue all forms necessary for the administration of this chapter. The Aleppo Township Police Department shall be responsible for the enforcement of this chapter, including causing vehicles parked in violation hereof to be towed, at the owner's expense, or ticketed, or both. In addition, the Fire Chief or duly authorized Fire Company representative as may be in charge at the scene of a fire or other emergency may take necessary measures to remove any vehicle or object interfering with the efficient operation of the Fire Department or other emergency response personnel.
Signs shall be clearly and conspicuously posted to give the public lawfully enforceable notice of fire lanes. Cost of these signs shall be paid by the Township, except where the signs are erected because of new construction, in which case the owner or developer thereof shall pay costs.
All fire lanes shall have a minimum width of 15 feet and shall be outlined in the following paint or other material.
No person shall park a vehicle or permit it to stand, whether attended or unattended, within the state-mandated minimum distances of any fire hydrant, whether the hydrant is located on a public highway, upon a private road or on private property.
Whoever violates this chapter or any of its provisions is guilty of a summary offense and shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $300.