May 8, 2013 |
The vehicle identification numbers of a 1951 Rolls-Royce, a 2012 Jaguar, and eight Ferraris are among the 30,000 that appear on an official New Jersey website to warn consumers about vehicles damaged by the monster storm that hit the coast last fall. But after checking the online list ( njconsumeraffairs.gov/floodedcars/ ), consumers should not be complacent. The site provides the VINs of fewer than half the 72,000 vehicles in the state reported damaged by Hurricane Sandy. "There could be a dealer out there who's unscrupulous, or a person out there who might clean a car up and try to sell it," said Mike Horan, spokesman for the state Motor Vehicle Commission, which helped build the website.
February 3, 2013 |
Buyer beware: Thousands of cars damaged in Hurricane Sandy are for sale in the Garden State, and not all of their owners may be entirely forthcoming. In New Jersey, where vehicles compromised by flooding or other means must be so identified on title transfers, more than 13,000 have been logged in the last three months, according to the Motor Vehicle Commission. Selling damaged goods isn't illegal, but officials want to ensure that no one makes an uninformed purchase. "The consumer really has to use the first line of defense, which is knowledge," Raymond P. Martinez, the agency's chairman, said Friday.
February 1, 2012 |
RANDY MALONE has a backhoe problem. A backhoe is a large piece of construction equipment on wheels, and a few times a week you can find one parked overnight on Malone's residential Fishtown block. Malone said that it's been like this ever since he moved to this block, almost two years ago. His main issue with the backhoe is that it takes up more than one parking spot. It's an "old, classic . . . backhoe," Malone said, which means that it's about 18 to 22 feet in length.
November 23, 2010
Best place to catch a ride in Center City? How about grabbing a car off the pavement around City Hall, where all types of vehicles can be found parked these days? It's an old habit that the city supposedly broke back in the Rendell administration, when the apron was cleared of unsightly vehicles. Too bad it didn't last. In a supposedly pedestrian-friendly city, people shouldn't have to worry about being run down on the pavement near the city's premier public building. But today's scene under Billy Penn's statue represents a throwback, with commercial vehicles and official-looking black SUVs parked on the apron's north side and near the northeast corner.
January 18, 2005 |
Fire gutted a Coatesville garage yesterday afternoon and destroyed four vehicles belonging to a commercial power-washing business. The cause of the three-alarm blaze that broke out at about 1:50 p.m. in the 100 block of N. Sixth Avenue could not be determined. Police and fire officials were unavailable for comment. No injuries were reported. Firefighters from Coatesville, Downingtown, Parkesburg and Thorndale responded in freezing temperatures to bring the blaze under control about 3 p.m. The fire destroyed four utility trucks, valued at $50,000 each, according to Robert Judge, owner of the business, Judge Mobile Wash.
February 14, 1999 |
Veteran school bus driver Peg Crofton parks her yellow minibus in front of her Main Street home. She's done that for more than 30 years. No one ever complained that it was ugly or hazardous. No one ever asked her to park it somewhere else. Having the vehicle waiting for her on cold, early mornings and rainy afternoons is a luxury for the 58-year-old woman. Using the school bus as her primary transportation is a major job perk. Crofton and dozens of other local bus drivers are angry because the Township Council is considering amending an ordinance to prevent them from driving the school buses home and parking them.
June 22, 1998 |
For months, residents here have complained to township officials that buses, moving vans, 18-wheelers, and other big rigs have been rolling into their neighborhoods and parking - sometimes for days - on their streets. These camped vehicles, neighbors say, have caused plenty of headaches: They impede traffic. They block driveways. They obstruct views. And they're unsafe for children to play around. So officials here set out to solve the problem. Last month, they began considering amendments to the township code, which already outlaws large commercial vehicles on residential streets.
January 9, 1998 |
Philadelphia police have been coming down hard on drivers who speed on scenic Kelly Drive. But it's not all that new, according to Capt. Frank Gramlich, commanding officer of the 92nd District, which is responsible for enforcement on the road. "We began stepping up enforcement about a year ago," Gramlich said. The catalysts were "a lot of accidents and even more so, letters of complaints from citizens who were concerned about what they thought was excessive speed on Kelly Drive.
September 21, 1997 |
If you want to park a recreational vehicle here, you'd better have a big back yard - or be prepared to find some off-site storage space. The Borough Council last week passed an ordinance to prohibit residents from parking RVs, campers or boats on the street or in the front yards of their property, including their driveways. The ordinance takes effect immediately. The ordinance also prohibits commercial vehicles, including school buses, trailers, flatbeds, tractor-trailers, and dump trucks, from being parked in residential districts.
May 18, 1997 |
This town is the kind of place where everyone knows everyone, where houses are modest and tidy and where loyalties among the 4,400 residents are fierce. It's also a four-square-mile community without a single supermarket, theater, liquor store or pharmacy, but it's hardly a sleepy town. Three-quarters of the Philadelphia International Airport lies in Tinicum, as do seven hotels that cater mostly to airport travelers, and 300 other businesses - many of them industrial - that employ 12,000 workers.