Borough Parking & Parking Violations
Parking in the Borough of Bath
By: Brad Flynn, Borough Manager
On January 9, 2018, the Borough issued an article on this webpage discussing the transition from Colonial Regional Police Department (CRPD) to the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) and how parking enforcement was going to be handled moving forward.
PSP is the primary law enforcement service of the Borough since July 1, 2018. From January 2018 to present day, Bath has been providing its own parking enforcement because PSP does not enforce local ordinances or local parking law. Bath’s local Parking Enforcement Program is currently being serviced by the Borough Manager. The Manager may respond to parking complaints to initiating parking enforcement activity at all times of the day, seven days a week, if necessary, as authorized to do so under Borough Council Resolution #2017-017.
The Borough Manager is authorized to enforce all parking laws under the newly codified Vehicles and Traffic code, Chapter 625 of the Borough Code of Ordinances, formerly Chapter 111. Within Chapter 625, Borough Council has adopted the CRPD Uniform Traffic Regulations as revised January 22, 2016. The Uniform Traffic Regulations are an attachment to Chapter 625, marked as Exhibit “A” of the Ordinance. Exhibit A has been provided below, click the link for the PDF copy of the regulations. One thing to keep in mind, the violations being cited are not new to the code. Council has not adopted new parking laws. The laws on the books have been around for many years. What may be new to the motoring public is the frequency of enforcement activity.
As the Parking Enforcement Program builds, and a designated Parking Enforcement Officer (PEO) is hired, there will be an increased enforcement presence than in previous years. For example, when Bath was a member of the CRPD, officers issued parking tickets, but were obligated to perform many other law enforcement functions on a daily basis. From 2015 to 2017, CRPD officers patrolling Bath issued an average 12 parking tickets per month. For the month of January 2019, with an increase in designated parking enforcement patrol being integrated, the Borough has issued 31 tickets in 15 hours of total patrol time. So there has already been a significant up-tick in enforcement activity, 2.4 times more tickets being issued per month, so far, than in previous years because the Borough now has designated parking enforcement patrol. When there is more designated patrol, there is more opportunity to spot violations throughout the day.
Don’t Get a Parking Ticket!
Don’t get a parking ticket, just follow the rules and ask your Borough Office staff 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.
Here is an abbreviated list of the common parking laws overlooked by the motoring public:
- No stopping, standing or parking a vehicle on a curb, sidewalk, or crosswalk (Section 301(A)(1), (2), & (4);
- Stand or park any vehicle within 5 feet of a driveway, 15 feet of a fire hydrant, within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection (Section 301(B) (1), (2), & (3);
- Park a vehicle within any painted yellow zone (Section 301(C)(3));
- Vehicle’s must be parked with right side tires to the right side of the roadway (unless on one-way street) and within 12 inches to the curb (Section 303);
- No vehicle can be stored upon a highway/street of the Borough. Stored means parking a vehicle in one place continuously for more than 48 hours. (Section 305);
- No vehicle shall be parked on any highway, public right-of-way, or on private property where the vehicle is in public view that does not display a current inspection sticker, is not in operating condition or is a junk vehicle (Section 307 (B), (C), & (D);
- No construction equipment, dumpster, tractor, trailer, tractor and trailer combination, utility trailer, travel trailer, boat trailer, limousine, OR OTHER COMMERCIAL vehicles shall be parked, placed or stored on the highway or right-of-way without the expressed written permission of the Municipality (Section 308);
- If the highway is marked for parking (parking stalls) vehicles must be parked wholly within the lines bounding that space (Section 310);
- Parking in Cul-de-Sacs is prohibited during times of ice and snow, or when trash/leaf pickup is occurring (Section 312(A) 1 & 2)
- Parking, standing on Snow Emergency Routes prohibited during Snow Emergency (Article 500)
What Happens When I Receive a Parking Ticket?
Once a ticket is issued, check to see how many violations were cited on the ticket to determine the fine to pay. The violation(s) are due within ten (10) days of the date issued. If the violation(s) are paid between day one and five, you only need to pay the base fine. If the violation(s) are paid between days six through ten, the violation(s) fines double. DON’T WAIT TO PAY YOUR TICKET ONLY TO HAVE FINES DOUBLE! A ticket can be paid at the Borough Office during business hours: 121 South Walnut Street, Bath, PA 18014 or deposited in the drop box outside the office during non-business hours.
If the ticket goes unpaid the Borough will issue a Final Notice to the registered owner of the vehicle. If the Final Notice is ignored, a Non-Traffic Citation is issued and filed with the Magisterial District Court.
A Non-Traffic Citation that is filed with the Court and exceeds ten (10) days at their office, the Court issues a bench warrant for the registered owner of the violating vehicle. The fine(s) double, a separate fine is assessed on the Non-Traffic Citation for failing to satisfy the parking ticket, and court fees are incurred.
ONCE A NON-TRAFFIC CITATION HAS BEEN ISSUED YOU CAN NO LONGER MAKE PAYMENT TO THE BOROUGH OFFICE. YOU MUST SATISFY THE CITATION AT THE NAZARETH MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT COURT LOCATED AT: 136 South Main Street, Nazareth, PA 18064.
If you wish to contest a parking ticket, a Non-Traffic Citation must be issued as set forth above. Once you receive the Non-Traffic Citation, you can enter a plea and request a court hearing with the Magisterial District Court. Fine(s) will double, additional fines and court fees will be incurred unless your case is dismissed by the District Court Judge.
(Last Revised 01/28/2019)
Borough of Bath
121 South Walnut Street
Bath, PA 18014
The Borough Office Hours are Monday through Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm.
If dropping off a permit application or payment during off hours, there is a secure drop-box located next to the entrance.