Royersford ordinances ban sidewalk blocking, brake retarders

    Two ordinances have been adopted in Royersford after many quality-of-life complaints from residents. They’ll restrict the use of brake retarders and sidewalk merchandise.

    On Main Street between 10th and Fifth avenues, residents using brake retarders will face $50 to $300 fines for noise and health violations, unless deemed an emergency to protect the safety of residents, property, motorists, pedestrians or the vehicle’s driver.

    The second ordinance was sparked by complaints from residents about having to walk in the street when sidewalks sales and outdoor seating block the walkways.

    As the Mercury reports, furniture of any type is prohibited on public sidewalks if it blocks pedestrians. The use of merchandise, stands, planters, statues, signs and tables will now need borough approval.

    The $600 fines exempt deliveries and signs that don’t impede the flow of traffic.

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