[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners (now Council) of the Town (now Township) of Montclair 4-15-1980 by Ord. No. 80-12 as Ch. 80 of the 1979 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 327.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any device upon which a person may ride propelled wholly or in part by human muscular power and having two tandem wheels, either of which is 20 inches or more in diameter.
No person residing in the Township shall operate a bicycle upon any public street or other public place within the Township unless such bicycle has been registered with the Police Department, as evidenced by a registration certificate, and a license tag is attached to such bicycle, as provided in this chapter.
No person engaged in the business of renting bicycles for hire in the Towship shall rent or offer for rent any bicycle which has not been registered and which does not have attached thereto a valid license tag pursuant to this chapter.
[Amended 12-28-1993 by Ord. No. 93-50]
A fee of $1 shall be paid for each registration. No registration certificate and license tag shall be issued unless the registration fee shall have been paid, except as otherwise provided in § 93-10.
[Amended 5-23-2000 by Ord. No. 00-19]
Applications for bicycle registration certificates and license tags or for transfers thereof shall be made to the Police Department on a form approved by the Chief of Police and shall be accompanied by the prescribed registration fee. Such application shall set forth the name and address of the owner, a description of the bicycle, the name of the manufacturer and the serial number appearing on the frame of the bicycle.
The Chief of Police shall cause an inspection to be made of each bicycle for which an application is made under § 93-4. If the Chief finds that the application states correctly the required information and that the bicycle is in a safe mechanical condition, he or she shall issue to the owner of the bicycle a registration certificate and a license tag.
Every registration certificate shall be numbered in sequence and shall set forth the name and address of the owner of the bicycle and the serial number appearing on the frame of the bicycle.
Each license tag shall bear the legend "Montclair, N.J. Police Department," the phrase "Bicycle License" and the date of expiration of the registration certificate. License tags shall be numbered in sequence, and the number thereon shall correspond to the number on the registration certificate issued for such bicycle.
The license tag shall be firmly attached to the rear mudguard or frame of the bicycle in such position as to be plainly visible from the rear.
All registration certificates and license tags shall expire on May 31 of each year. They shall not be transferable except as provided in § 93-10.
Each person who sells, transfers ownership of or permanently dismantles any bicycle registered pursuant to the provisions of this chapter shall make a report thereof and shall surrender the registration certificate and license tag to the Police Department within 10 days thereafter. Where the bicycle has been sold or ownership transferred, the report shall include the name of the person to whom such sale or transfer was made.
Where the owner of a registered bicycle surrenders the registration certificate and license tag pursuant to the provisions of § 93-9, he or she may, upon application, obtain the transfer of said certificate and tag to another bicycle owned by him or her for the balance of the unexpired term without the payment of any additional fee, provided the application for transfer and the substituted bicycle comply with the provisions of § 93-5.
Each person engaged in the business of selling new or secondhand bicycles shall make a report to the Police Department of every bicycle purchased or sold by him or her within 10 days after such purchase or sale, giving the name and address of the person from whom purchased or to whom sold, a description of said bicycle by name or make, the serial number appearing on the frame thereof and the number of the license tag, if any, attached thereto.
The Police Department shall keep a record of the registration of all bicycles, including the number of each registration certificate and license tag issued, the date of issuance, the name and address of the person to whom issued and the name or make and the serial number on the frame of the bicycle for which issued.
No person shall remove, destroy, mutilate or alter any license tag during the period for which it was issued, except that a license tag may be so removed for the purpose of surrendering the same to the Police Department in the event of sale or transfer of ownership or dismantling as provided in § 93-9.
No person shall willfully or maliciously remove, destroy, mutilate or alter the serial number on the frame of any bicycle registered pursuant to this chapter.
[Amended 5-23-2000 by Ord. No. 00-19; 4-10-2007 by Ord. No. 07-17]
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding $2,000, imprisonment in the county/municipal jail for a term not exceeding 90 days, or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, or any combination thereof as determined by the Municipal Court Judge. Each day on which a violation of an ordinance exists shall be considered a separate and distinct violation and shall be subject to imposition of a separate penalty for each day of the violation as the Municipal Court Judge may determine.