City of North Adams, MA
Berkshire County
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Sec. 13-1 Definitions. [1]

[Ord. of 7-24-1979; Ord. of 6-26-2007]
Wherever in this chapter the following terms are used, they shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in this section, unless otherwise expressly provided or unless a different meaning is reasonable and clearly apparent from the language or context.
Every device propelled by human power, upon which any person may ride, having two tandem wheels, either of which is over 20 inches in diameter.
An area in any street, square or other public place, set aside for the parking of buses during the receipt or discharge of passengers.
Any vehicle being used in the transportation of goods, wares or merchandise for commercial purposes.
Any commercial vehicle of 2 1/2 tons capacity or over.
That portion of a roadway ordinarily included within the prolongation or connection of curb lines and property lines at intersections, or any portion of a roadway clearly indicated for pedestrian crossing by lines on the road surface or by other markings or signs.
Every person who drives or is in actual physical control, of a vehicle.
Vehicles of the fire and police apartments, ambulances, emergency vehicles of federal, state and municipal departments, and emergency vehicles of public service corporations when responding to an emergency of a public nature.
Any procession of mourners properly identified as such accompanying the remains of a human body.
The area embraced within the prolongation of the two or more streets or highways which join one another at an angle, whether or not one such street or highway crosses the other.
That portion of a roadway adjacent to a curb reserved for the exclusive use of vehicle during the loading or unloading of passengers or materials, and so indicated by appropriate signs, lines or markings.
Any police officer or official authorized by law to direct, control or regulate traffic, who is in uniform or has his badge of office displayed upon the left breast of his outer garment.
All signals, signs, markings and devices, placed or erected pursuant to this ordinance [chapter], by order of any public body or official having jurisdiction hereunder, for the purpose of guiding, directing, warning, or regulating traffic, which conform to the standards prescribed by the department of public-works of the commonwealth.
The standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, otherwise than temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading or in obedience to on officer or traffic signals or signs, or while making emergency repairs or, if disabled, while arrangements are being made to move such vehicle.
Any mechanical device, not inconsistent with the provisions of this regulation, and placed or erected on any public way within the city for the regulation of parking. Each parking meter installed shall indicate by proper legend the legal parking time established by this [chapter] and when operated shall at all times indicate the balance of legal parking time permitted and at the expiration of such period shall indicate illegal or over time parking.
Any space within a parking meter zone, adjacent to a parking meter which is duly designated for the parking of a single vehicle by lines painted on the surface of the street adjacent to or adjoining each parking meter.
Any street or portion thereof or public place upon which parking meters are installed and in operation and upon which parking of vehicles is permitted for a limited time subject to compliance with the further provisions of this regulation.
Any person afoot or riding on a conveyance moved by human power, except bicycles or tricycles.
Any individual, firm, co-partnership, association or corporation.
That portion of a street or highway between the regularly established curb lines or that part improved and intended to be used for vehicular traffic.
That portion of a street or highway set aside for pedestrian travel.
Complete cessation of movement.
Any stopping or standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic, or in compliance with the directions of a police officer or traffic control sign or signal.
The entire width between property lines of every way open to the use of the public for the purpose of travel.
An area in any street, square or other public place, set aside for the parking of licensed taxicabs, while waiting to be engaged.
Pedestrians, ridden or herded animals and all vehicles and conveyances, either singly or together, while using any street for the purpose of travel.
Any device using colored lights which conforms to the standards prescribed by the department of public works of the commonwealth, whether manually, electrically or mechanically operated, by which traffic may be alternately directed to stop and to proceed.
A longitudinal division of a roadway into a strip of sufficient width to accommodate the passage of a single line of vehicles.
Would constitute any vehicle without motor power designed for carrying persons or property, being drawn by a motor vehicle and so constructed that some part of its weight and that of its load rests upon or is carried by another vehicle.
The turning of a vehicle on street or highway by means of a continuous left turn whereby the direction of such vehicle on said street or highway is reversed.
Every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a street or highway, except devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.
Any public highway, private way laid out under authority of statutes, way dedicated to public use, municipally owned or leased off-street parking lots, or other public places, under the control of the commissioner of public works.
State law reference: Definitions under the law of the commonwealth, G.L., C. 90, § 1.

Sec. 13-2 Exemptions of certain vehicles from provisions of chapter. [1]

The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to drivers actually engaged in work upon a street or highway closed to travel or under construction or repair nor, subject to the provisions of the statutes, to drivers of emergency vehicles; while operating in an emergency and in performance of public duties when the nature of the work of any of these necessitates a departure from any part of this chapter. This exemption shall not, however, protect the driver of any vehicle from the consequences of a reckless disregard of the safety of others.
State law reference: See G. L., C. 89, § 7 et seq.

Sec. 13-3 Authority generally of police.

[Ord. of 4-28-1981, § 1]
Officers of the police department [division] shall enforce the provisions of this chapter and shall control, regulate and direct all traffic in conformance with the provisions of this chapter, provided that in the event of a fire, parade, celebration, public event or emergency offering an immediate threat to public safety, or to expedite traffic or safeguard pedestrians, officers of the police department [division] may, notwithstanding the provisions of this chapter, temporarily direct traffic, close any street or highway, or prohibit parking on any street or highway, as conditions may require. Vehicles parked in places where parking is permanently or temporarily prohibited may be moved by or under the direction of an officer.

Sec. 13-4 Noisy vehicles. [1]

No vehicle shall be operated on any street or highway if such vehicle is so constructed, conditioned, loaded or equipped as to make an unreasonably or unnecessarily loud noise.
Cross reference: Sound trucks, ch. 20.

Sec. 13-5 Clinging to moving vehicles. [1]

No person traveling upon any bicycle, motorcycle, coaster, sled, toboggan, roller skates, toy vehicle or any other means of conveyance shall cling to, or attach himself or his vehicle or conveyance to any other moving vehicle upon any street or highway.
Cross reference: Unlawful riding, § 13-10.

Sec. 13-6 Pedestrians soliciting rides.

No person shall stand in a roadway or on a sidewalk for the purpose of soliciting a ride from the operator of any private vehicle.

Sec. 13-7 Driver to report accident.

[8-10-1965, § 1]
The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in the injury or death of any person, or property damage to the apparent total extent of $200 or more, shall within five days make a full and complete report in writing of such accident to the police department [division]. A driver who has been incapacitated as a result of such accident, and to such an extent as to make reporting impossible or unfavorable to his recovery, shall not be required to report such accident until he has recovered sufficiently to do so. The report shall be made on a form furnished by the police department [division], copies of which shall be made available at the police station. The provision of this section, however, shall in no way abrogate the provisions of Chapter 90, Section 26 of the General Laws which provide for the reporting of accidents to the registrar of motor vehicles.

Sec. 13-8 Removal of vehicles for the purpose of snow removal. [1]

For the purpose of removing or plowing snow or removing ice from any way, the commissioner of public works [services] may remove, or cause to be removed to some convenient place or a public garage, any vehicle interfering with such work; and the cost of such removal and of the storage charges, if any, resulting therefrom, shall be paid by the owner of such vehicle.
State law reference: Authority of city to remove vehicles in order to remove snow, G. L., C. 40, § 21(16).

Sec. 13-9 Street parades, processions, etc.

No street shall be used for the purpose of a parade, procession or organized gathering or march, except a military parade or a funeral procession, without first securing a permit for the same from the chief of police (commissioner of public safety).

Sec. 13-9.1 Parade regulations.

[Ord. of 9-28-1999]
In order to ensure public safety before and during parades the following regulations, pursuant to G.L. c. 101, § 22, and c. 101, § 27, are hereby enacted.

Sec. 13-9.2 Obstruction of or interference with parades.

[Ord. of 9-28-1999]
No person or vendor shall unreasonably hamper, obstruct or impede or interfere with any parade or parade assembly or with any person, vehicle or animal participating or used in a parade.

Sec. 13-9.3 Throwing objects or substances at parades.

[Ord. of 9-28-1999]
No person shall discard, launch, propel, release, squirt or throw any gaseous, liquid, semisolid substance or object toward or among the participants, vehicles or animals in a parade.

Sec. 13-9.4 Enforcement of parade regulations.

[Ord. of 9-28-1999]
The Commissioner of Public Safety, or his designees shall enforce §§ 13-9.1 through 13-9.3.

Sec. 13-9.5 Violation of parade regulations.

[Ord. of 9-28-1999]
Violations of §§ 13-9.1 through 13-9.3 shall be enforced through Chapter 29, Penalties.

Sec. 13-10 Unlawful riding. [1]

It shall be unlawful for any person to ride on, and for the owner or person in control of any vehicle knowingly to permit any person to ride on any portion of a vehicle not designated or intended for the use of passengers when the vehicle is in motion. This provision shall not apply to any, employee engaged in the necessary discharge of a duty.
Cross reference: Clinging to vehicles, § 13-5; State law reference: Unlawful riding on certain vehicles, G. L., C. 85, 17B.

Sec. 13-11 Zones of quiet.

The commissioner of public works may temporarily establish a zone of quiet upon any street where a person is seriously ill. Such temporary zone of quiet shall embrace all territory within a radius of 200 feet of the building occupied by the sick person, and shall be designated by placing at a conspicuous place in the street a sign or marker bearing the words "Zone of Quiet."

Sec. 13-12 Dropping or leaking loads.

No owner or person in control of any vehicle shall permit such vehicle to be driven or moved on any street or highway unless such vehicle is so constructed or so loaded as to prevent its contents from spilling, dropping, sifting, leaking or otherwise escaping therefrom. Vehicles loaded with any material which may be blown about by the wind shall be suitably covered to prevent the contents from being blown upon the streets or highways.