[Adopted 6-10-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-02]
The title of this article shall be the "Union Township Parking Ordinance."
The purpose of this article is to regulate parking of motor vehicles, etc., within intersections, places where the Township erects "No Parking" signs, etc., and is more specifically set forth herein.
The words set forth in this article shall be defined in all cases by language of the Motor Vehicle Code and, in other cases where no definition exists in said code, by common everyday usage.
Except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or to protect the safety of any person or vehicle, or in compliance with law or the direction of a police officer or official traffic control device, the following prohibitions shall be in effect:
Stopping, standing or parking a vehicle is expressly prohibited under the following circumstances:
On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of the street.
On any sidewalk.
Within any intersection.
On any crosswalk.
Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction which would obstruct traffic.
Upon any bridge or other elevated structure.
On public or private property which is expressly reserved for handicapped persons or disabled veterans, where said property has been posted in accordance with the regulations of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
At any place where official signs prohibit same.
Standing and parking vehicles is expressly prohibited under the following circumstances:
In front of a public or private driveway.
Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.
Within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection.
Within 30 feet of any flashing signal, stop sign, yield sign or traffic control signal located at the site of a roadway.
Within 20 feet of the driveway entrance to any fire station or, when properly posted, on the side of a street opposite the entrance of any fire station within 75 feet of the entrance.
At any place where official signs prohibit same.
Following the effective date of this article, and subject to the limitation set forth in Subsection B of this section, it shall be unlawful:
To park or allow to be parked any motor vehicle or other vehicle on any street within the Township during any accumulation of ice or plowable snow until the snow has been completely plowed for the full width of the cartway.
On those streets within the Township where only on-street parking is available, the following regulations shall apply during any accumulation of ice or plowable snow:
All motor vehicles shall be parked on the even address side of the street on even-numbered calendar days following such accumulation as is mentioned above and on the odd address side of the street on odd-numbered calendar days following such accumulation.
Every vehicle which is standing or parked on a two-way highway shall be positioned parallel to either the curb or the edge of the highway and in all cases in the direction of authorized traffic movement. The vehicle shall be parked such that the right-hand wheels are within 12 inches of the right-hand curb. Or in the absence of a curb, the vehicle shall be parked such that the left-hand wheels are at least 12 inches from the edge of the highway.
Every vehicle which is standing or parked on a one-way highway shall be positioned parallel to the curb or edge of the highway in the direction of authorized traffic movement. Said vehicle shall be parked so that its wheels are within 12 inches from the curb or, in the absence of a curb, as close as practicable to the shoulder of the road.
Violations of § 265-22A(7) (handicapped and disabled veteran parking). Any person violating the provisions of § 265-22A(7) of this article shall be guilty of a summary offense and, upon conviction before a Magisterial District Judge, shall be fined $50 plus costs of prosecution. In default of the payment of any fine, such person shall be liable for imprisonment of not more than 10 days in the Washington County prison.
Violations of all sections except § 265-22A(7). Any person violating the provisions of any of the sections except §§ 265-22A(7) and 265-23A and B of this article shall be guilty of a summary offense and, upon conviction before a Magisterial District Judge, shall be fined $15 plus costs of prosecution. In default of the payment of any fine, such person shall be liable for imprisonment of not more than 10 days in the Washington County prison.
Reduced penalty. In any case where a police officer/code enforcement officer of the Township of Union shall first give notice of offense by handing to the offending operator or affixing securely to the motor vehicle illegally parked hereunder a ticket on which he has noted the time and place of the offense, the nature of the offense, and the license registration of the vehicle, and bearing the statement that no prosecution shall be instituted for 72 hours thereafter; and if during the said seventy-two-hour period, the offending operator shall voluntarily appear at the office of the Township and voluntarily enter a plea of guilty and pay the appropriate fine payable to Union Township, then no further prosecution for said offense shall thereafter be brought. In the alternative, said offender may forward to the office of the Township by regular mail the appropriate fine, and no prosecution for the offense shall be thereafter brought so long as the envelope is postmarked within 72 hours of the violation.