[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Maidencreek 2-10-2005 by Ord. No. 198. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is against public policy to permit uncontrolled and unrestricted placement and parking of recreational and commercial vehicles upon any Township-designated roadway within Maidencreek Township. The purpose of this chapter is to prevent needless disregard of potential damage to life and property because of the presence of recreational and commercial vehicles parked upon the same.
For the purposes of this chapter, the following words and terms shall have the meanings ascribed to them herein:
- COMMERCIAL VEHICLE
- Any motor vehicle having a commercial license and/or any vehicle which requires as a prerequisite to operation the acquisition of a Pennsylvania Commercial Driver's License, including, but not limited to, tractor trailers and/or truck tractors, straight body trucks, flat-bed trucks, storage trucks, refrigerator trucks, tri-axles, and/or any other vehicle in excess of 10,000 pounds. For purposes of this chapter, the term "commercial vehicle" excludes police, fire, or emergency vehicles, Township vehicles, and any motor vehicle in the continuous process of making deliveries to or picking up property from a property on the highway or street.
- ENFORCEMENT AGENCY
- The Northern Berks Regional Police Department shall be designed as the enforcement agency under this chapter.
- GOVERNING BODY
- The Maidencreek Township Board of Supervisors.
- HIGHWAY or STREET
- The entire width between the boundary lines of every way publicly maintained by Maidencreek Township and designed as a Maidencreek Township road, where any part thereof is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel.
- Any individual, partnership, organization, association, agency, firm, estate, or corporation and any and all other legal or commercial entities.
- PRIVATE PROPERTY
- That portion of land not in the public domain nor publicly maintained Maidencreek Township roadway.
- RECREATIONAL VEHICLE
- A vehicle designed, or adapted, or used for recreational purposes. For purposes of this chapter, this definition includes but is not necessarily limited to trailers, campers, motor homes, house trailers, trailers containing boats, snowmobiles and/or any other specialty vehicle, camping trailers, truck campers, utility trailers when attached to another vehicle, etc.
- That portion of a Maidencreek Township roadway less the roadway and any shoulder.
- That portion of a Maidencreek Township street, designated or ordinarily used for vehicular travel and/or parking. If a highway includes two or more separate roadways, the term "roadway" refers to any such roadway separately, but not to all such roadways collectively.
- That portion of a highway on either side of the roadway that is normally snowplowed for the safety and convenience of vehicular traffic.
Compliance with chapter. Within the Township of Maidencreek, it shall be unlawful to permit or cause the parking, storing or placement of any commercial vehicle and recreational vehicle upon any and all Maidencreek Township public street, roadway and/or shoulder whatsoever, of whatever nature, without complying with this chapter.
Exception. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a resident may place a camper, trailer, and/or boat and park the same on the public roadway for purposes of loading and/or unloading in preparation for use of said recreational vehicle if the resident complies with all of the following:
The camper, trailer, and/or boat is and remains physically attached to the vehicle towing the same;
The recreational vehicle at issue is placed so as not to block visibility for neighboring properties or impede ingress and egress in public streets; and
Does not remain on the public roadway for this purpose for more than 24 hours.
Violations. The placement of any vehicle in violation of § 209-3 shall immediately result in a violation of this chapter. The Northern Berks Regional Police Department and the Maidencreek Township Code Enforcement Officer are both designated with the authority to enforce the terms of this chapter in accordance with the Second Class Township Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
All persons who violate any of the parking regulations as specified in this chapter on any Township roadway shall be prosecuted pursuant to Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article I, General Penalty, as adopted on the eighth day of May 1997, and shall be subject to the fines, costs and penalties therein provided, as well as any other penalty as prescribed by the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code.
Editor's Note: See 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 101 et seq.