Wednesday, July 14, 2010

NJSA 39:4-8.1 Approval of Handicapped Parking Spaces, Signs



39:4-8.1. Approval of handicapped parking spaces, signs

July 14, 2010

Mayor Gerald A. Calabrese
Borough of Cliffside Park
525 Palisade Avenue
Cliffside Park, NJ 07010

RE: Approval of handicapped parking spaces, signs

Dear Mayor,

Currently residents of Cliffside Park can request that a designated parking space be placed in front of their home, I believe the law is NJSA 39:4-197.5 The request is mentioned at town meeetings for passage.

I'm writing today asking if that regulation or possible NJSA 39:4-8.1 which I quoted below can be applied to residents who have the Blue Handicap Plague which allows them to park at designated parking spaces at shopping centers, movies, etc.?

Sir, I've been asking that my father's driveway be designated with white lines and or yellow paint left and right of his driveway, please read my blog entry Public and Private Driveways for a better understanding of what I'm asking, thank you.

I'm hoping that residents who own homes, hense private driveways, should have these drivways painted with the universal handicap logo in the picture above. The law accomodates residents who are handicapped who don't own a home, why shouldn't it be applied to the disabled resident who owns a home with a driveway.

Mayor Calabrese I'm asking that you and the Council Members help me resolve this matter. I've included the NJSA 39:4-8.1 law for your review.

"1. Any municipality, which pursuant to the provisions of R.S.39:4-8, R.S.39:4-197, section 1 of P.L.1977, c.202 (C.39:4-197.5) or section 1 of P.L.1977, c.309 (C.39:4-197.6) designates restricted parking spaces for use by handicapped persons, may, in lieu of having the Department of Transportation inspect those parking spaces and any signs erected in association therewith, designate the municipal engineer to determine whether or not those parking spaces and signs conform to the current standards prescribed by the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways, adopted by the Commissioner of Transportation, and any other Department of Transportation rules and regulations governing such parking spaces and signs.
Any such parking spaces and signs shall be deemed approved and operational, and in need of no additional inspection by the Department of Transportation, when the municipal engineer, under his seal as a licensed professional engineer, shall certify to the commissioner that the parking spaces and signs:
a. have been approved by him after investigation; and

b. conform to the current standards prescribed by the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways, as adopted by the commissioner, and any other Department of Transportation rules and regulations governing such parking spaces and signs.
The municipal engineer shall submit to the commissioner, together with his certification, detailed information as to the location and number of parking spaces, a certified copy of the ordinance, resolution or regulation designating the restricted parking spaces, and such other information as the commissioner shall deem necessary.
L.1991,c.285,s.1."

Respectfully,

Stephen A. Puibello, Founder
Friends and Neighbors of the Back Bay NAG
Neighborhood Action Group

CC: Council President, Thomas Calabrese
Councilman, Bernard J. Fontana
Sgt. M. Sciancalepore # 77, Traffic Officer
Sercan Zoklu, American Disabilities Act Coordinator