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Article V: Parking
Section 1.

GENERAL PROHIBITIONS: No person shall stand or park or allow, permit, or suffer any vehicle registered in his name to stand or park in any of the following places:

(a) Within an intersection, except in those areas where the erection or installation of parking meters has been approved by the Department of Public Works of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

(b) Upon any sidewalk.

(c) Upon any crosswalk.

(d) Upon a roadway where parking is permitted unless both wheels on the right side of the vehicle (or both wheels on the curb side of the vehicle on a one-way street and headed in the direction of travel) are within twelve (12) inches of the curb or edge of the roadway. This shall not apply to such locations where angle parking is permitted by these Rules and Orders.

(e) Upon any roadway where the parking of a vehicle will not leave a clear and unobstructed lane at least ten (10) feet wide for passing traffic.

(f) Upon any street or highway within ten (10) feet of a fire hydrant.

(g) In front of any private road or driveway or within three (3) feet on either side thereof, moreover on the opposite side of any driveway in such a manner as to inhibit the entry or departure from same.

(h) On a bridge or viaduct, provided signs are erected acquainting the operator of such regulation or restriction.

(i) On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge of curb of a street (double parking).

(j) Within fifteen (15) feet of the way or driveway of a fire station or directly across the street from such fire station provided signs are erected acquainting the operator of such regulation or restriction.

(k) Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction, when such stopping, standing or parking would obstruct traffic.

(l) At a bus stop, designated by a pole as a stopping place for busses within ten (10) feet measured along the outside edge of the sidewalk; or at a bus stop within the limits of official signs designating the limit of the bus stop at the curb or at the edge of the sidewalk.

(m) Upon any roadway in such a manner as to obstruct the movement of any buses.

(n) Adjacent to the center division strip or island placed upon and being part of any public way.

(o) Upon any street or highway within twenty (20) feet of any intersecting way, except alleys.

(p) Within a crossover.

(q) Within fifty (50) feet of a traffic signal device provided signs are erected to notify of such regulation or restriction.

(r) On any way in such a manner so as to interfere with the removal or plowing of snow, or removal of ice.


Section 2.

PARKING LOCATIONS AND PROHIBITIONS – Parking is prohibited, restricted or limited as to time, space and streets in accordance with a schedule designated as Schedule No. 1 hereto appended to which reference is made and which Schedule 1 is specifically incorporated in this section. No operator shall park a vehicle in the designated prohibited locations or in the restricted locations for a period longer than is designated in Schedule No. 1, except as otherwise provided in the Schedule, or where there is a time limit as to parking.


Section 3.

TAXICAB STANDS – Taxicabs shall be stationed at the locations and in the manner designated in Schedule No. 2, hereto appended to which reference is made and which Schedule No. 2 is specifically incorporated in the section.


Section 4.

FURTHER PARKING PROHIBITIONS – No vehicle shall stop, stand or park at any curb adjacent to the entrances of a church, hospital, bus terminal or station, theatre, public building or any place of public assemblage, except for the purpose of receiving or discharging passengers.


Section 5.

PARKING PROHIBITIONS AT SAFETY ZONES – No vehicle shall be parked within twenty (20) feet of either end of a Safety Zone or between the Safety Zone and the curb, unless permitted by authorized signs.


Section 6.

BUSES AND LIKE VEHICLES PROHIBITED FROM PARKING IN STREETS – It shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle used for the carriage of persons for hire between fixed and regular terminal to stop, stand or park such vehicle in any street except for the purpose of and while actually engaged in receiving or discharging passengers and then only at regularly established bus stops. The Chief of Police may, when public convenience requires, designate the locations where and time limitations during which buses may stop, stand or park for the purpose of receiving prospective passengers and for the purpose of maintaining proper time schedules. Neither shall any person park a vehicle other than a bus in a bus stop.


Section 6A.

TIME LIMITATION ON BUS PARKING, STOPPING OR STANDING – It shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle use for the carriage of person for hire to park, stop or stand for a period in excess of two (2) minutes unless said vehicles engine is not running in the following locations: Park Circle at Park Ave. 500 ft. of same.


Section 7.

TAXICAB STANDS-

(a) OTHER VEHICLES PROHIBITED FROM PARKING IN TAXICAB OR LIVERY STANDS – The operator of any vehicle other than a taxicab or livery vehicle shall not park said vehicle in an officially designated taxicab or livery stand, except that the operator of any passenger vehicle may temporarily stop in such stand for the purpose of and while actually engaged in receiving or discharging passengers.

(b) TAXICABS AND LIVERY VEHICLES PROHIBITED FROM PARKING – It shall be unlawful for the operator of any taxicab or livery vehicle to stand or park upon any street in any business district at any place other than a taxicab or livery stand, except that this provision shall not prevent the operator of any such vehicle from temporarily stopping, in accordance with other parking regulations, at any place for the purpose of and while actually engaged in receiving or discharging passengers.


Section 8.

LOADING ZONES – No operator shall stop, stand or park any vehicle in any loading zone or in front of any loading platform, except that passenger vehicles may stand for not more than five (5) minutes continuously, for the receiving or discharging of passengers, and commercial vehicles may stand for not more than twenty (20) minutes continuously for the loading or unloading of materials.


Section 9.

DIAGONAL PARKING –

(a) The Board of Selectmen shall determine the streets upon which diagonal parking will be permitted and shall cause said streets to be signed and the surfaces thereof to be marked by the Chief of Police.

(b) Diagonal parking is permitted upon certain sections of a number of streets as designated in Schedule 1, relative to diagonal parking is herewith specifically incorporated in this Section. Where such diagonal parking is permitted, vehicles shall be parked with one wheel within twelve (12) inches of the curb and at the angle to the curb indicated by official marks and signs. The vehicle shall be parked so that all four wheels thereof shall be placed wholly within the area indicated for parking, and headed to the curb.


Section 10.

PARKING PROHIBITED AT SCHOOLS – Where official signs are posted indicating no parking upon that side of the street adjacent to any private or public school property, no person shall park a vehicle at any such designated space.


Section 11.

PARKING VEHICLES FOR SALE PROHIBITED – It shall be unlawful for any person to park upon a street or highway any vehicle displayed for sale.


Section 12.

USING VEHICLES FOR PRIMARY PURPOSE OF DISPLAYING ADVERTISING PROHIBITED – No person shall operate or park on any street a vehicle for the primary purpose of displaying advertising without first obtaining a permit therefore from the Chief of Police.


Section 13.

PARKING VEHICLES FOR GREASING, OR REPAIRING PROHIBITED – Greasing or repairing vehicles except repairs made necessary by an emergency is prohibited upon the streets, ways, or parkways under the control of the Town.

Section 14.

ALL NIGHT PARKING – Between the hours of 1:00 A.M. and 7:00 A.M. no vehicles shall be allowed to park on any public street in the Town for more than one (1) hour, unless such parking is for good cause as determined and authorized by the Director of Community Safety, Director of Police Services, or in their absence, the on-duty senior superior officer (shift Commander) of the Police Services Division.


Section 15.

(a) No person shall park a vehicle for a period of time longer than one hour, between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. on all week days on any of the streets or parts of the streets herein designated by this Section or as may hereafter be fixed by the Board of Selectmen on any day. This restriction shall not apply on Sundays or during the hours of legal holidays during which business establishments are required by law to remain closed.


Section 15A.

(a) Parking meter spaces are hereby established, in such parking zones, as are herein specified, or as may hereafter be defined by rules and orders. Such parking meter spaces shall be indicted by white marking on the surface of the highway.

(b) Parking meters shall be placed at intervals of not less than twenty feet apart and not less than twelve inches nor more than twenty-four inches from the face of the curb or in the absence of curb from the edge of pavement adjacent to individual meter spaces. Meters shall be so constructed as to display a signal showing legal parking upon the deposit therein of the proper coin or coins of the United States as indicated by instructions on said meters and for such a period of time as is or shall be indicted by these Rules and Orders. Said signal shall remain in evidence until expiration of the parking period designated at which time a dropping of a signal automatically or some other mechanical operation shall indicate expiration of said parking period.

(c) Nothing in the Parking Meter section shall be construed to prohibit the Board of Selectmen from making provisions for bus stops, taxi-cab stands, service zones and loading zones as authorized by other section of these Rules and Orders on any street or portion of a street which has been or may hereafter be designated herein as a parking meter zone.

(d) Whenever any vehicle shall be parked adjacent to a parking meter, the owner or operator of said vehicle shall park within the space designated by street marking lines and, upon entering such space shall immediately deposit in said meter the required coin of the United States for the maximum legal parking period or proportionate period thereof both as indicated or shown on the meter and if so required set the mechanism in motion.


Section 15B.

PARKING METER REGULATIONS IN MUNICIPAL PUBLIC PARKING PLACES – No person shall park a vehicle for a period of time longer than the limit shown on a parking meter between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. in any of the municipal public parking places hereinafter designated in Schedule IIA, which schedule is specifically incorporated in this section and made a part of these Rules and Regulations. This regulation shall not apply on Sundays or during the hours of legal holidays during which business establishments are required by law to remain closed. In accordance with the foregoing, parking meter zones are hereby established in the municipal public parking places indicated in Schedule IIA.


Section 15C.

The fee for parking in municipal public parking places shall be at the rate specified in Schedule IIA.


Section 15D.

REGULATIONS IN MUNICIPAL PUBLIC PARKING PLACES

(a) All existing statutes, rules, orders or regulations relative to the operation or use of vehicles shall apply insofar as they are applicable to Municipal Parking Places leased, owned or in any way under the control of the Town.

(b) TRANSFERRING MERCHANDISE IN MUNICIPAL PUBLIC PARKING PLACES PROHIBITED – No vehicle used or designed for the transportation of goods, wares, or merchandise shall park or stop in any parking area owned, leased or in any other way under the control of the Town for the purpose of loading or unloading, exchanging or transferring from or to said vehicle, goods wares or merchandise.

(c) PARKING OF COMMERCIAL VEHICLES LIMITED TO TWO (2) HOURS – No person shall park a trailer, tractor or any other vehicle specially designed for construction purposes or equipped to transport any materials or personal property and which vehicle has a maximum carrying capacity of over two thousand pounds within any public parking place at any time except that vehicles of the semi-convertible passenger type shall be permitted to park for a period not to exceed two (2) hours in any Municipal Public Parking Place owned, leased or in any other way under the control of the Town, unless express permission for special parking privileges is obtained from the Board of Selectmen.

(d) In any Municipal Public Parking Place owned, leased or in any other way under the control of the Town, whether or not parking meters are installed therein, motor vehicles shall park wholly within a parking space duly designated for the parking of a vehicle by lines painted on the surface of the roadway and at no other place within said Municipal Public Parking Place.

(e) No parking in a town-owned lot that is posted for permit parking only, from 1:00 am through 7:00 am. Permit required.


Section 15E.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to deposit or cause to be deposited in a parking meter any coin for the purpose of permitting the vehicle of which he is in charge to remain in a parking space beyond the maximum period of time allowed in a particular zone.

(b) It shall be unlawful for any person to park a vehicle within a parking meter space unless such vehicle is wholly within the painted lines adjacent to such meter.

(c) It shall be unlawful for any person to park a vehicle within a parking meter space in the Russell Common Municipal Parking Area, unless such vehicle is headed into parking meters.

(d) It shall be unlawful for any unauthorized person to tamper with, break, injure or destroy any parking meter or to deposit or cause to be deposited in such meter any slugs, device or metallic substance or any other substitute for the coins required.

(e) Operators of commercial vehicles may park in a metered space without depositing a coin for a period not to exceed thirty (30) minutes for purposes of loading or unloading. Parking in excess of this time limit without depositing the proper coin shall be deemed a violation of the provisions of these Rules and Orders.

(f) The Town Treasurer is hereby designated as the person authorized to collect monies deposited in parking meters or to cause the same to be collected. Such monies shall be deposited forthwith with the Town Treasurer in a separate account to be known as the Town of Arlington Parking Meter Account.

(g) All fees received by said Treasurer of the Town of Arlington from the operation and use of parking meters shall be used by the Board of Selectmen as authorized by Statute 1947, Chapter 442, and the General Laws.

(h) It shall be the duty of police officers to enforce the provisions of this section.

 
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