[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Old Bridge during codification (upon enactment, adoption information will be inserted here). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Mayor or his or her designee is hereby authorized to designate, by order, subject to approval by the Council as hereinafter provided, areas within the Township of Old Bridge on which the parking of vehicles may be restricted to vehicles bearing a valid parking permit issued pursuant to this article. This authority may be in addition to and may be exercised in conjunction with any other authority the Police Department may have to regulate the time and conditions of motor vehicle parking.
In determining whether an area identified as eligible for commuter permit parking shall be designated as a commuter permit parking area, the Mayor or his or her designee shall take into consideration the following factors:
The local needs with respect to clean air and the requirements of federal and district air quality plans, rules and regulations.
The possibility of a reduction in total vehicle miles driven in the Township of Old Bridge.
The likelihood of alleviating traffic congestion, illegal parking and related health and safety hazards.
The proximity of public transportation to the commuter parking area.
The desire and need of the residents for commuter permit parking and their willingness to bear the administrative costs, if any, in connection therewith.
In order to determine whether a particular location is designated as a commuter permit parking area, the Mayor or his or her designee may conduct, upon his or her own initiative or upon a petition of a majority of the households in such area addressed to the Mayor or the Council, an investigation prior to the designation once it is established.
Within 30 days following the close of the investigation, the Mayor or his or her designee shall recommend, by report to the Council, whether to designate the area under consideration as a commuter permit parking area or to remove the designation in case of an established commuter permit parking area. Within 45 days following the receipt of the report, the Council shall approve or disapprove the recommendation of the Mayor or his or her designee.
Following Council approval of the designation of a commuter permit parking area, the Mayor shall cause parking signs to be erected in the area, indicating the times, locations and conditions under which parking shall be by permit only and further indicating that anyone violating the restrictions shall be subject to a penalty and/or towing of the vehicle at owner or operator expense. A permit shall be issued by the Township Clerk upon application only to the owner or operator of a motor vehicle who resides within the Township of Old Bridge, which shall include the operator of a motor vehicle whereby the operator resides within the Township of Old Bridge but the motor vehicle is registered to any owner who resides outside the Township of Old Bridge and who is the full-time employer of the operator, in which case the operator shall supply an appropriate affidavit, to the satisfaction of the Township Clerk, that the motor vehicle is utilized exclusively by the operator, and that the motor vehicle is principally garaged by the owner within the Township of Old Bridge.
Rules and regulations shall be promulgated by the Township Mayor with the approval of the Township Council by resolution establishing procedures regarding issuance of permits, form of the permits, applicable fees, and related administrative matters.
Parking permit stickers for commuter parking permits shall be changed to a different color each year and shall be imprinted with year for which the permit shall be valid.
The motor vehicle registration certificate, valid insurance card, and the operator's driver's license shall be presented at the time of making the application in order to verify the contents thereof. The owner of any motor vehicle applying for a commuter parking permit shall have a valid State of New Jersey vehicle registration, New Jersey driver's license and insurance card showing an Old Bridge residence address.
No out-of-state registrations will be accepted. All required documents must be changed to reflect the Old Bridge residence prior to application for a parking permit. Exceptions: See leased cars and company cars.
[Amended 9-10-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-19]
A person recently moved into the Township of Old Bridge from another part of New Jersey is required to have the change of address sticker that is issued by the Division of Motor Vehicles adhered to their driver's license showing the change of address. On renewal of their registration, the registration must be changed to reflect the Old Bridge address.
In the event that the Township of Old Bridge shall enter into an interlocal agreement with any other municipality concerning commuter permit parking within the Township of Old Bridge, a commuter parking permit shall be issued to such non-Old Bridge residents who qualify for an Old Bridge Township commuter parking permit pursuant to the terms of the interlocal agreement concerning commuter permit parking between the Township of Old Bridge and the other such municipality. All applicable provisions, rules, or regulations contained in this article shall apply to the above-referenced residents, except as may be modified in said interlocal agreement, and this article shall be read and interpreted accordingly.
Prior year parking stickers must be removed from the vehicle upon expiration. In instances where a vehicle is sold or is no longer in the operator's possession, the sticker must be removed and returned to the Township Clerk's office.
Anyone purchasing a new vehicle must provide the Township Clerk's office with a copy of the purchase order showing the pertinent information relative to the make of the vehicle, etc., as well as the numbers off the card attached to the back window issued by the car dealership showing the temporary plate number and a valid New Jersey driver's license and insurance identification card. Permits on new cars will be issued for a period of 30 days only. Upon receipt of license plates, the temporary sticker must be returned to the Township Clerk's office as well as submitting the documents in § 331-8 for a new sticker.
Anyone submitting an insurance binder as part of their documentation is required to submit a copy of their permanent insurance upon expiration of the binder. A temporary permit will be issued for a period of 30 days only.
All lease cars must have proper registration. In addition to submission of the documents outlined in § 331-8, the applicant for a commuter parking permit must submit proof of residency in the Township of Old Bridge.
No person other than the permittee named thereon shall use a commuter parking permit or display it on a vehicle operated or parked, and any such use or display by a person other than the permittee shall constitute a violation of this article. The parking permit shall be permanently affixed and facing out (backing peeled off permit) on the lower left-hand corner (from inside of car) on the last window on the driver's side so as to be visible. The permit shall display the motor vehicle's license plate number and the expiration date. Permits are nontransferable from one vehicle to another. The license plate number on the sticker permit must match the license plate number on the vehicle. It shall be a violation of this section for any permittee to permit any other person to display a permit issued to the permittee on any vehicle other than the one for which it is issued.
It shall constitute a violation of this article for any person to falsely represent himself or herself as eligible for a commuter parking permit or to furnish any false information in an application to the Township Clerk in order to obtain or attempt to obtain a commuter parking permit.
The Township Clerk is authorized to revoke the commuter parking permit of any permittee found to be in violation of this article, and upon which notification thereof, the permittee shall surrender such permit to the Township Clerk. Such revocation shall also act as a forfeiture of the permittee's future right to apply to the Township Clerk for a parking permit for a period of two years from the date of violation. Failure, when so requested, to surrender a commuter parking permit so revoked shall constitute a separate violation of this article.
Any unoccupied vehicle parked or standing in violation of this article shall be deemed a nuisance and a menace to the safe and proper regulation of commuter permit parking areas, and any police officer may provide for the removal of such vehicle, provided that the police officer or his or her designee shall witness the removal of such vehicle and shall keep a record of the removing agency and the location to which the vehicle should be taken. The owner shall pay the reasonable cost of removal and storage which may result from such removal before regaining possession of the vehicle.
The following fees are payable during the current licensing term:
Commuter parking permit: $25.
Substitution of vehicle, i.e., new vehicle (requires return of former issued permit): $5.
Purchase of parking permit September 1 to September 30: $5.
One-day parking sticker (temporary permit): $5.
Car lease expires (same or new vehicle; requires return of former issued permit; copy of lease to be provided): $5.
Car stolen (copy of police report to be submitted): $5.
Rental car (temporary permit: 30 days; rental documents are to be provided): $5.
Registration and insurance - Old Bridge address; driver's license not changed yet (temporary permit: 30 days): $5.
New resident - documentation not yet changed to reflect Old Bridge address (temporary permit: 30 days; requires submission of documents affirming residency): $5.
Failure to pass motor vehicle driving test (temporary permit: 30 days; requires document from DMV on new testing date, if new date more than 30 days, temporary permit maximum 60 days): $5.
Editor's Note: The schedule of residential permit parking areas is included in § 10-8.9, Residential permit parking.
No person shall park a vehicle on the streets or parts of streets designated in § 10-8.9, Residential permit parking, of the Code of the Township of Old Bridge during the hours designated in the schedule, Monday through Friday, unless:
The vehicle is owned or operated on a regular basis by a resident of that street.
The vehicle has displayed on the lower left-hand corner (from inside the car) on the last window on the driver's side so as to be visible, in such a manner as to be closely examined by an officer, a current residential parking permit.
The vehicle falls under one of the exceptions to this parking ban.
The following vehicles shall be exempt from this article and § 10-8.9, Residential permit parking:
Visitors. A vehicle displaying a current visitor parking permit may park a maximum of two days, provided that the operator of the vehicle is a bona fide guest of a residence within the permit parking area. The visitor's permit shall be displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle in such a manner as to be clearly visible by an officer enforcing parking regulations.
Contractors, service and delivery vehicles. Contractors, service and delivery vehicles bearing the name and address of a commercial business may park without a permit during the time they are rendering service to a residence within the permit parking area.
Emergency vehicles. Emergency vehicles and public service, telephone and other public utility vehicles may park within the permit parking area during the time they are rendering service or repairs within the area.
Whenever the Director of Police, or his or her designee, shall determine that certain streets, exclusively or primarily servicing residential land uses, or portions of such streets, are being used for parking by the operators of vehicles who do not reside on the streets, and that the average number of such vehicles parking in such manner is in excess of 25% of the number of parking spaces on such streets and that the total number of parking spaces actually occupied exceeds 65% of the total number of parking spaces on such streets on the weekdays of any month, as disclosed by an engineering or traffic study, then the Director of Police, or his or her designee, shall recommend to the Township Council that such streets be included within this article.
Any unoccupied vehicle parked or standing in violation of this article shall be deemed a nuisance and a menace to the safe and proper regulation of residential permit parking areas, and any police officer may provide for the removal of such vehicle, provided that the police officer, or his or her designee, shall witness the removal of such vehicle and shall keep a record of the removing agency and the location of where the vehicle should be taken. The owner shall pay the reasonable cost of removal and storage which may result from such removal before regaining possession of the vehicle.
Application for parking permits under this article shall be made in writing on forms provided by the Township Clerk. Permits shall be granted only under the following terms and conditions:
To persons who are residents on the street or portion thereof upon which parking is restricted by this article, a permanent permit shall be issued for every vehicle owned or principally operated by such person.
Four visitor permits shall be issued to each residential unit on any street or portion thereof upon which parking is restricted by this article for use only by visitors to that residential unit.
[Amended 9-24-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-23]