Borough Parking & Parking Violations
Parking in the Borough of Bath
By: Brad Flynn, Borough Manager
With Colonial Regional Police Department (CRPD) services winding down in Bath over the next year, transitioning to the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), the borough wants residents and visitors to know that adherence to the borough’s parking laws will not be overlooked.
Over the past 22 years, CRPD has been charged with police services to include the enforcement of parking laws. The borough has general parking and traffic laws codified under Chapter 111 Motor Vehicles of the Code of Ordinances of the Borough of Bath.
Since Bath is a three-party member of regional policing, and where consolidation of traffic and parking laws aid in the more efficient distribution of enforcement, CRPD developed the Uniform Traffic Regulations, which has been in existence since February 28, 1999– eventually codified as Article III of Chapter 111 of the Code of Ordinances of the Borough of Bath. The last revision to the Uniform Traffic Regulations occurred on January 22, 2016. Bath Council adopted the recent changes on May 2, 2016 under Ordinance No. 2016-657. The borough intends on continuing with these regulations.
When the borough officially exits membership of CRPD, parking enforcement will become the primary responsibility of the borough. PSP will not enforce local parking laws, only those laws that may have been locally duplicated and fall under Title 75 Part III Chapter 33 of the Commonwealth’s Motor Vehicle code. PSP can enforce state codes, not local ordinances.
To bridge this gap, the borough is working on developing a Parking Enforcement Program. Currently, the Borough Manager is authorized to enforce parking laws under the Uniform Traffic Regulations (refer to Borough Council Resolution No. 2017-017). The Borough Manager will be joined by one or two additional Parking Enforcement Officer’s (PEOs) who will be responsible for the enforcement of permit parking and parking regulations of the borough. An increase of parking enforcement activity may be noticed throughout the borough in 2018 and beyond as the program is developed, tested, and eventually fully implemented.
In addition to the new Parking Enforcement Program, the borough is developing new public parking permit areas. Parking permits will become a requirement in sections of the borough. Parking permit details will become available later this winter and into early spring 2018. Finally, the borough will be looking to enforce time limit parking, especially in the downtown area with the adoption of Mixed-Use zoning, to encourage parking space turnover. For example, two-hour parking enforcement during specified hours of the day will be a focus of the parking enforcement program.
Refer back to this webpage for further information and developments about the Boroughs Parking Enforcement Program.
Don’t Get a Parking Ticket!
Don’t get a parking ticket, just follow the rules and ask your borough office questions! Follow the link below for the CRPD Uniform Traffic Regulations. Article 300 explains much of the parking regulations that pertain to the Borough of Bath.
(Last Revised 01/09/2018)