[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Bethlehem as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Parking
For purposes of this article, the following terms shall have the meanings listed below:
- The person operating or in control of a vehicle.
- The standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, other than temporarily for the purpose of, and while actually engaged in, receiving or discharging passengers or loading or unloading merchandise or in obedience to traffic regulations or traffic signs or signals.
- Any device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported upon a public highway.
There shall be no parking of any vehicle in any areas designated by the traffic authority as no-parking zones, restricted parking zones (during the time of such restriction), bus stands or handicapped zones (unless such vehicle bears a special parking identification card or license plate issued by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles).
There shall be no parking of any vehicle in such a manner as to, in the opinion of a police officer, obstruct traffic or the use of any sidewalks, obstruct the movement of an emergency vehicle or interfere with the ingress into or egress from any private driveway, except with the permission of the owner of such driveway.
Whenever a police officer believes that the parking of any vehicle in the manner described in § 128-3 hereof or in such a manner as to interfere with clearing snow and ice from the highway constitutes a threat to public safety, any police officer shall direct any operator to remove the vehicle. In the event the location of the operator is not apparent to the police officer, the police officer may cause the vehicle to be towed and, in addition to any fine imposed pursuant to this article, the Town of Bethlehem may collect the costs of towing and storage of the vehicle from the operator or owner of the vehicle as an additional fine.
The Board of Selectmen is hereby authorized to establish a schedule of fines for violations of §§ 128-2, 128-3 and 128-4 above, the fine for any such offense not exceeding $50 per offense, and to print parking tickets to be issued by the police officers. Said parking tickets must be paid in person or by mail to the Town of Bethlehem within the time period specified on the ticket, which time period shall not exceed seven days. Fines not paid within said time period shall be doubled.
Any person wishing to contest any fine may appeal such fine to the parking violation hearing officer, appointed by the First Selectman, in the manner set forth in C.G.S. § 7-152b, which is incorporated herein by this reference.