[Adopted 11-14-1991 by Ord. No. 195]
The Board of Selectmen shall appoint a Traffic Authority that shall have all powers and duties as provided in Chapter 249 of the General Statutes. Such duties shall include the duty to determine what areas of the public highways in the Town of Canton and what areas of the property owned by the Town of Canton shall be designated as no parking zones, either permanently or temporarily, and as restricted parking areas and what restrictions shall be placed upon parking in such restricted areas. The Traffic Authority shall post such areas by use of appropriate signs.
No motor vehicle shall be parked within the limits of the Town:
Upon the left side of a road or facing in the opposite direction from the direction of traffic in the nearest traffic lane;
Within 25 feet of an intersection or marked crosswalk or properly erected stop sign;
On the traveled portion of a highway or crest of a grade where a clear view of such vehicle may not be had from a distance of at least 150 feet in either direction, provided that the Traffic Authority may allow parking in said areas if it finds that parking may safely be permitted;
Within 10 feet of any hydrant;
In such manner that the right wheels are more than 12 inches from the curb, if such road is curbed, or so as to be more than 12 inches from the edge of the hard surface if such road is not curbed;
So as to constitute a traffic hazard or obstruct the free movement of traffic on such road, unless the vehicle is disabled for a limited time;
In any area on or off a road which is designated as a no parking area;
In any area in which temporary emergency parking restrictions or prohibitions have been imposed;
So as to prevent or obstruct the ingress to or egress from any driveway;
In such a manner as to encroach upon a sidewalk or bike path or to interfere with free and normal use of a sidewalk or bike path;
In a handicapped area without a permit; or
In a fire lane.
The Traffic Authority is authorized by regulation to prohibit overnight parking in the highways of the Town or any portion thereof without the erection of signs during that period of the year when it is determined that overnight parking would interfere with snow removal operations.
The Traffic Authority is authorized, during the periods of emergencies, severe weather conditions, snow removal operations, maintenance or repair operations by Town employees or agents of the Town, or during periods when there are special events or other activities likely to result in increased traffic and congestion, to restrict and prohibit temporarily the parking of motor vehicles within the bounds of any and all public highways and to temporarily limit the flow of traffic to one direction of traffic or to prohibit any vehicle traffic on that portion of the highway, provided, in this last instance, that appropriate signs are erected or police or constables are present to enforce such restrictions.
It shall be unlawful for any individual to park a motor vehicle on private property without the consent of the owner or lessee, or his designated representative. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be subject to a fine as provided in § 400-13. In addition thereto, if the owner or lessee, or his designated representative, of the property on which the violation occurs has appropriately posted the property with a sign or signs prohibiting said parking, the Chief of Police or his designee may tow said vehicles in accordance with § 14-145 of the General Statutes.
Any person parking on private property when the individual in possession of the property has posted his property with a sign or signs prohibiting said parking shall be subject to a fine of $25 for each offense.
In any prosecution for unlawful parking, the last owner of record of the vehicle so parked, as shown by the files of the Department of Motor Vehicles, shall be deemed prima facie to have been the owner of the vehicle at the time of the parking violation and the person who parked the vehicle or caused or procured its parking in violation of this article.
Any of the above penalties not paid within 10 days from the date of issuing the notice of violation shall be doubled in amount, and any penalty not paid within 20 days from the date of issuing the notice of violation shall be tripled in amount.
[Added 9-25-2002 by Ord. No. 216]
This article has been specifically designated for enforcement by citations issued by designated municipal officers or employees, and the citation hearing procedure established by Chapter 15, Citations, of this Code shall be followed.