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No Parking of Commercial Vehicles on Residential Streets!

We must take steps to preserve Manalapan’s residential streets so that they do not turn into an advertisement for businesses.

I have been living on Eastwood Blvd in Manalapan for 26 years and it has always been a beautiful, quiet residential street.  However, in the past two years, we have been dealing with a neighbor who insists on parking his commercial van on our street even though he knows that his neighbors are unhappy about it. How does he know? We have spoken to him, sent him a certified letter expressing our displeasure, called the police, and contacted the Manalapan Township's Department of Zoning/Enforcement.  Still we have to see the truck with his business’ logo in large and bright colors every day parked in front of his house. 

The township ordinance prohibits the parking of trucks on private property and on residential streets with the following exceptions:  (1) any motor vehicle having no more than four wheels or tires, one on each axle, and (2) vehicles which are actively engaged in loading or unloading of persons, goods, wares or merchandise and/or vehicles which are actively engaged in the performance of a service.

I believe that Manalapan Township needs to re-visit and amend their ordinance so that, even if a motor vehicle has “no more than four wheels or tires, one on each axle” and it is not “actively engaged in the unloading of persons, goods, wares or merchandise” or is “actively engaged in the performance of a service” but it is clearly a commercial vehicle with business advertising on it, that commercial vehicle should not be allowed to park on any residential street. 

We must take steps to preserve Manalapan’s residential streets so that they do not turn into an advertisement for businesses. Unfortunately, as of now, we on Eastwood Blvd are just going to have to deal with an "un-neighborly" neighbor living among us.

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Stephanie February 20, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Just curious....how would you you feel about your neighbor parking that same vehicle in their driveway? What is your stance on that?
Esther Krutzel February 20, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Unfortunately, that is not legal in Manalapan. They are allowed to park on the street but not on private property, which includes driveways, grass, etc. The neighbors would not be opposed to that if it were a possibility.
Dee February 21, 2013 at 05:20 AM
With all the problems in this world,why would you all be so concerned about a neighbor parking his commercial vehicle on the street. He is a working man providing for his family. He is not making loud noises or upsetting the quality of life for the block.Why not mind your business or maybe get a job or hobby to take up your time and not burden the township with non important issues.
Sancho February 21, 2013 at 01:49 PM
Isn't overnight parking on the street banned for the winter through March?
Esther Krutzel February 21, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Yes, but only between the hours of 2AM and 6AM
Jerry February 21, 2013 at 03:28 PM
How awful. Oh my oh my. I don't know how you can put up with such a horrible transgression to your quality of life. Perhaps the neighbor's business is a shade installer and he could put some in your windows. Go find something importatnt to devote your time to instead of harrassing someone who contributes to the economy and presumably pays taxes on his business.
Melanie February 21, 2013 at 04:41 PM
It is interesting that these comments involve people criticizing you for how you want to live in your neighborhood. Yet, these same people are criticizing your life. Who are you to assume that this is not a hard working individual ? Maybe she contributes and works hard for her family too. Commercial vehicles on a small residential street can not only be dangerous as they take up significant space in the road but our resdential streets should not be used for advertisement. Lets all be neighborly here and not jump to conclusions and treat each other with respect. That neighbor with the vehicle was asked respectfully by his neighborhood community and not just this writer to move his vehicle . He parks it across from someone else's driveway, and on a curve that's hard to see around. So yes, the quality of life on the block is being threatened and many of the neighbors are having issues with this. Instead of being judgmental of other people's lives lets all try to create one community that is respectful of everyone else. That is what the real issue here is. We are all hard working people who contribute equally to making Manalapan the place we all love to live. We should all be able to go home to a pleasant looking and safe neighborhood.
Joe February 21, 2013 at 05:06 PM
"...a neighbor who insists on parking his commercial van..." According to NJSA Title 39, Section 1-1, the only time a "van" is defined is when it is used for commuter vanpooling. Otherwise, it is simply defined as a "vehicle," which fits the following definition: "every device in, upon or by which a person or property is or may be transported upon a highway, excepting devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks or motorized bicycles." As the same section defines a "truck" as "every motor vehicle designed, used, or maintained primarily for the transportation of property," the offending vehicle, because it is unknown what exactly it transports, is to be classified as a "commercial vehicle," which is defined thusly: "every type of motor-driven vehicle used for commercial purposes on the highways, such as the transportation of goods, wares and merchandise, excepting such vehicles as are run only upon rails or tracks and vehicles of the passenger car type used for touring purposes or the carrying of farm products and milk, as the case may be." Therefore, the offending vehicle is not a "truck," but is a "vehicle" that is part of a sub-class called a "commercial motor vehicle." The township ordinance pertains to "trucks" and not "commercial motor vehicles." Additionally, as the ordinance allows for the parking of any motor vehicle having no more than four wheels or tires, one on each axle (thereby excluding "trucks"), he is parking legally.
Esther Krutzel February 21, 2013 at 05:54 PM
You are correct and the legality of his parking on the street is not in question. What I am requesting is that the Township review and "amend their ordinance so that, even if a motor vehicle has “no more than four wheels or tires, one on each axle” and it is not “actively engaged in the unloading of persons, goods, wares or merchandise” or is “actively engaged in the performance of a service” but it is clearly a commercial vehicle with business advertising on it, that commercial vehicle should not be allowed to park on any residential street."
Manalapan Resident February 21, 2013 at 06:06 PM
I know exactly how these people feel. My neighbor accross the street periodically parks his businesses box truck directly accross the street from my driveway in clear violation of the development and the town rules. it is extremely dangerous. there are cars that fly thru the streets at 45 mph or more and come close to hitting me every time i try to back out of my driveway and try to avoid hitting this box truck. my neighbor parks the truck in that particular spot on purpose to cause trouble.
Esther Krutzel February 21, 2013 at 06:19 PM
I feel your pain. There are lots of people who have told me similar stories. Our neighbor's commercial vehicle is parked there every day after work and all day on weekends, regardless of the weather. In our case, we do not believe that our neighbor is doing this to be vindictive or trying to cause trouble. But that does not make it any less troublesome for the residents who are affected by it. We can only hope that Manalapan Township will act upon this request. Anyone who agrees with this amendment should e-mail Mayor Susan Cohen at mayor@twp.manalapan.nj.us.
Col. Forbin February 22, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Considering ordinances that regulate commercial vehicle parking exist to preserve and maintain the residential character of township neighborhoods, the wording of the ordinance in question fails in this regard as it permits the parking of four-wheeled billboards on our township's public residential streets. Further, if the owner of the vehicle were to park the large vehicle directly in front of his property, he would be directly opposite the driveway of the house across the street. If he were to park so as to avoid parking opposite driveways, he would have to park his large, unsightly vehicle down the street, in front of someone else's house. This problem illustrates the limitations of residential neighborhoods to accommodate the parking of large (four-wheeled) commercial vehicles, which township ordinances currently fail to prohibit. The township ought to review this.
Esther Krutzel February 22, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Agreed. That is what we are trying to accomplish. Thank you for your support.
ManalapanGrrl May 18, 2013 at 02:25 AM
I feel your pain. My neighbor drives a commercial vehicle and every day I am awakened by the back up beeps of his truck. It sucks.
Esther Krutzel May 18, 2013 at 12:25 PM
I have written many e-mails to the mayor of Manalapan, including pictures of the van on the street. The response I received was that letting vans park on the street was "in the best interests of all the residents." When I questioned that response, she clarified by saying that "the majority of people want the commercial vehicles on the street rather than the driveways." I wonder who "the majority" of people are and whether or not the township has truly polled its residents (I certainly doubt that). If enough Manalapan residents who were affected by this wrote to the mayor at mayor@twp.manalapan.nj.us and alerted them to their displeasure, perhaps something could get done.

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