North Bergen considers banning vehicle coverings on public streets

The ban would also apply to public parking lots in the township

North Bergen is considering a ban on covering vehicles on public streets and in public parking lots.

Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the Board of Commissioners voted to do so at the October 26 meeting. The introduced ordinance would prohibit the covering of vehicles parked in the street or in public parking lots.

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The issue has to do with enforcing parking requirements according to the ordinance. The North Bergen Parking Authority utilizes automated license plate reading technology to enforce its parking requirements.

The ordinance states that when a person covers their vehicle when it is parked on the public street or highway, or in public parking lots, the ability to see the license plate becomes obstructed and inhibits the Parking Authority’s ability to enforce parking requirements.

The lack of ability to effectively enforce parking regulations results in parking being taken from those following the parking rules and regulations. According to the ordinance, the lack of ability to enforce parking regulations also inhibits effective and efficient street sweeping.

The ordinance states that when a vehicle is covered, the Parking Authority is limited in its ability to issue a summons. The ordinance would make it so that no vehicle parked on a public street, highway, or public parking lot within the township could not be covered, partially or totally, with a car cover, motorcycle cover, or other similar protective cover.

Owners and leases of vehicles violating the ordinances would face a fine of $75 for each offense. For each summons written by Parking Authority enforcement officers where a fine would be collected by the township for a violation of the ordinance, the Parking Authority would collect 40 percent of the fine.

The ordinance would be able to be enforced by the Parking Authority or North Bergen Police Department.

Other ordinance to allow for snow removal on street

Also at the October 26 meeting, the board introduced an ordinance that would temporarily prohibit parking on a portion of a street when it snows.

According to the ordinance, due to the configuration of certain streets in the Township of North Bergen, there is a need to prohibit parking during times when there is an accumulation of snow in order to allow plows to effectively operate.

Whenever snow has fallen and accumulated enough to cover the street, no vehicle would be allowed to park on a portion of Aschoff Place. Parking would be prohibited on the southernmost 25 feet of the street, on both sides.

The parking prohibition would remain in effect until after the snow has ceased and until the snow on the street has been removed or disappeared that parking would not interfere with traffic flow. Any violation of the ordinance be deemed a nuisance and danger to the safe and proper regulation of traffic, and would allow any police officer to provide for the removal of the vehicle.

The owner or lessee of the vehicles would be required to pay the costs of removal, towing, and storage before getting their ride back. If convicted, the fine for violations would not exceed $200.

New stop sign, too

The board also adopted an ordinance that would add a new stop sign at a busy intersection. The intersection was deemed to be a particular hazard, according to the ordinance, and was designated by the Traffic Engineer as a point to erect a stop sign.

The intersection getting the new stop sign is that of 82nd Street and Second Avenue. The sign will be on 82nd Street, facing westbound traffic.

The next meeting of the Board of Commissioners is on November 9 at 5 p.m. in the municipal chambers at Town Hall at 4233 Kennedy Boulevard. For more information, go to northbergen.org.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.

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