WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Township council is expected to approve a parking ordinance aimed at getting unused vehicles off the streets.
Township Solicitor Bruce Phillips said council will vote on the ordinance at its Jan. 6 meeting. If passed, the ordinance immediately will take effect.
Phillips said the township has a parking ordinance on the books, but the new edition shortens the length of time a vehicle can be parked on the street and increases penalties for violators.
Phillips said township streets are narrow and when vehicles are left parked for weeks unattended, it makes for difficult traffic patterns.
“If a car sits for weeks or months at a time, it will be cited,” Phillips said. “If you park your car in front of your house and use it often, you should be OK.”
Phillips said citations will range from $25 to $300 and will increase as the citations add up.
“The amount will go up each time a citation is issued,” Phillips said.
Council has received several complaints from township residents about vehicles parked and left unattended for great lengths of time.
Phillips said council decided to toughen its ordinance to hopefully get the violators to move their vehicles.
“If they aren’t moved, they will be cited until the owners move them,” he said.
Phillips said that when a vehicle is found to be in violation, the police will chalk the tires to check how long the vehicle remains parked.
He said the ordinance pertains to all streets in the township.
Phillips said if a vehicle has a flat tire, police will check to see how long it remains without having the tire fixed. He said the goal is to get unused vehicles off the streets.