Maplewood Township voted five to zero this week to put in place a commercial use gas-powered leaf blower ban between May 15 through September 30, citing noise pollution as a main reason, reports NJTVNews.com. And they mean business. If found using a leaf blower, the township will impose stiff fines for violations: first offense $500; second offense $1,000; and third offense $1,500.
In Montclair, according to the Chapter 217: Noise§ 217-6 Internal combustion leaf blowers Ordinance:
Leafblowers powered by internal combustion engines shall not be operated in the Township of Montclair except as follows:
- On weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., except that leafblowers may be used by an occupant or owner of the premises between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on weekdays.
- On Saturdays between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., except that leafblowers may be used by an occupant or owner of the premises between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
- On Sundays and the following holidays, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.: Good Friday and Thanksgiving.
The operation of leafblowers shall be limited in each calendar year to the time period between March 1 and June 30, inclusive, and between October 1 and December 15, inclusive.
However, it isn’t always enforced.
Montclair landscapers argue that the ban is unfair stating that the ordinance allows the Township to use leaf blowers but not private landscapers.
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