City of Chicopee, MA
Hampden County
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No person shall stand or park a vehicle in any of the following places, and vehicles found parked in violation of the provisions of this section may be moved by or under the direction of an officer and at the expense of the owner to a place where parking is permitted.
A. 
Within an intersection, except within those intersections where the installation of parking meters has been specifically approved by the Department of Public Works, Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
B. 
Upon any sidewalk.
C. 
Upon a way within five feet of a marked crosswalk.
[Amended 4-21-2009 by Ord. No. 09-85]
D. 
Upon the roadway in a rural or sparsely settled district.
E. 
Upon a roadway where parking is permitted unless both wheels on the right side of the vehicle are within 12 inches of the curb or edge of the roadway, except upon those streets which are designated as one-way streets. On such one-way streets, vehicles shall be parked in the direction in which said vehicle is moving and with both wheels within 12 inches of the curb. This shall not apply to streets or parts of streets where angle parking is required by these regulations.
F. 
Upon any roadway where the parking of a vehicle will not leave a clear and unobstructed lane at least 10 feet wide for passing traffic.
G. 
Upon any street or highway within 10 feet of a fire hydrant.
H. 
Upon or in front of any private road or driveway.
I. 
Upon any street or highway within 20 feet of an intersecting way, except alleys.
J. 
Within 15 feet of the wall of a fire station or directly across the street from such fire station, provided that signs are erected acquainting the driver of such restriction.
K. 
On a bridge and the approach thereto.
L. 
Within five feet of either side of a driveway.
M. 
On City-owned tree belts, medians and traffic islands.
[Added 9-18-2008 by Ord. No. 08-37; amended 4-19-2016 by Ord. No. 16-15]
A. 
The City Council shall determine the streets upon which diagonal parking will be permitted and shall cause said streets to be designated by signs and the surfaces thereof to be marked as directed by the Chief of Police.
B. 
Diagonal parking is permitted upon certain sections of a number of streets as designated in § 260-60, hereto appended, to which reference is made and which § 260-60 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 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.
A. 
No person shall park a vehicle other than a bus in a bus stop.
B. 
No person shall park a bus upon any street within a business district at any place other than a bus stop when a nearby bus stop is available for use.
A. 
No person shall park a vehicle other than a taxicab upon any street within a business district in any taxicab stand.
B. 
No person shall park a taxicab upon any street within a business district at any place other than the taxicab stand or stands designated for the use of his taxicab or taxicabs.
No person shall park a vehicle upon any street in any service zone for a period of time longer than 15 minutes, except while actually engaged in loading or unloading, provided that such loading and unloading does not exceed a period of time longer than 1/2 hour.
[Amended 2-16-2010 by Ord. No. 10-02]
No driver shall stop, stand or park any vehicle, except that passenger vehicles may stop for not more than five minutes continuously for the receiving or discharging of passengers, at any curb adjacent to the reservation side of a parkway, the entrances of a school, church, theater, hotel, hospital, railroad station, railway station, public building or any place of public assemblage, provided that this regulation shall not apply to the service entrances to any such building. Nonmotorized vehicles (e.g., boats, trailers, campers) may not park on public streets for more than 48 hours.
No person shall park a vehicle within 20 feet of either end of a safety zone which is located within 30 feet of the curb or edge of the roadway.
[Amended 9-1-2009]
The location of all bus stops, taxicab stands and service zones shall be specified by the City Council, and, in the case of taxicab stands, the City Council shall designate who may use them as such.
It shall be unlawful for any person to park upon a street or highway any vehicle displayed for sale.
A. 
No person shall park or leave a vehicle within the limits of private ways furnishing means of access for fire apparatus to any building and the City Council is authorized, with the concurrence of the Chief of the Fire Department, to establish fire lanes on governmental property devoted to governmental use for the purpose of protecting access there for fire protection purposes.
[Amended 9-1-2009]
B. 
The fine for such unlawful act shall be $50, and the towing of said vehicle shall be at the owner's expense. Signs displaying the fine and towing will be properly posted in designated fire lanes and enforcement of the same shall be by the police.
[Amended 3-19-1996 by Ord. No. 96-13]
A. 
No person shall park a vehicle on any street or parts thereof, or in any municipal off-street parking area or parts thereof, as listed in § 260-68 of this chapter, except those vehicles which bear the distinctive "HP" or "DV" number plates or plates with the international symbol for the handicapped or a paratransit vehicle equipped for the handicapped and bearing the international symbol for the handicapped.
[Amended 5-17-2011 by Ord. No. 11-13]
B. 
Any person convicted of a violation of this section, except as may be otherwise provided, shall have his or her vehicle towed as well as a fine of $100 for each offense.
[Amended 2-15-2005 by Ord. No. 05-118]
[Amended 2-20-1996 by Ord. No. 96-6; 9-21-2010 by Ord. No. 10-37; 9-6-2016 by Ord. No. 16-45]
A. 
No driver shall park or stand any motor vehicle and/or motor vehicle attachment (excluding recreational vehicles) having a gross vehicle weight of 26,001 pounds or more or exceeding 24 feet in length for more than one hour on any day, or at any time on Sunday, on any part of any street, way, highway, road or parkway under the control of the City of Chicopee where parking or standing a vehicle is not otherwise prohibited, provided that this regulation shall not apply during actual service or delivery or in the case of an emergency. Motor vehicles, regardless of size, owned or operated by the City of Chicopee, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or the United States of America are hereby exempt from these regulations. Each day in which a motor vehicle is in violation of this provision shall constitute a separate offense.
B. 
No driver shall park or stand any motor vehicle and/or motor vehicle attachment (excluding recreational vehicles) having a gross vehicle weight of 26,001 pounds or more or exceeding 24 feet in length on private property in any residential zone for more than three calendar days during any calendar month. Motor vehicles, regardless of size, owned or operated by the City of Chicopee, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or the United States of America are hereby exempt from these regulations. Each day in which a motor vehicle is in violation of this provision shall constitute a separate offense.
C. 
More than three unpaid violations within a twelve-month period will cause the vehicle(s) to be towed and impounded at the owner's expense.
D. 
Violations of this section shall be as follows:
[Added 10-2-2018 by Ord. No. 18-31
(1) 
First offense: $50.
(2) 
Second offense: $100.
(3) 
Third offense: $200.
[Amended 3-19-1996 by Ord. No. 96-14; 12-15-2015 by Ord. No. 15-62]
A. 
Severe weather parking regulations. No person shall park or allow or permit or suffer a vehicle in his name to be parked on the streets listed in § 260-69 while severe weather parking regulations, provided in § 260-29B, are in force and effect.
B. 
Severe weather parking regulations shall be in effect only when announced by the Mayor, at the request of the Superintendent of Streets. While in effect, parking shall be allowed only on the even side of the street in even-numbered years and only on the odd side of the street in odd-numbered years, 24 hours a day. This section is applicable to all streets except those listed in § 260-69.
C. 
Severe weather parking regulations shall be deemed to have been announced when publicized by a daily newspaper or radio or television station, notifying the public that severe weather conditions have been forecasted and may exist and that emergency winter parking regulations are in effect. Said declaration shall remain in force as long as conditions warrant such retention and shall be lifted only by the Mayor, by a consensus of the following departments: Fire Chief, Police Chief or Superintendent of Streets, and publicized as above stated. "Severe weather" means any weather condition and/or including, but not limited to, snow, ice, hail, excessive wind or rain which may, in the judgment of the Superintendent of Streets, cause roads and ways in the City to become or continue to be unsafe for travel and dangerous to the public.
D. 
Nothing in Subsections B and C shall be construed to affect any other ordinance, rule or regulation currently in existence on any given street. Regardless of the year, parking will be allowed on the unrestricted side of any street where parking is limited by law to one side or the other.
E. 
Any person who violates a provision of the severe weather parking regulations set forth in this section shall be towed and subjected to a fine of $15.
The Chief of Police is hereby authorized to prohibit, temporarily, parking on any street or highway or part thereof in an impending or existing emergency or for a lawful assemblage, demonstration or procession, provided that there is reasonable justification for such prohibition. Vehicles parked in places where parking is prohibited temporarily may be moved by or under the direction of an officer.
[Added 6-18-1996 by Ord. No. 96-38]
A. 
On the entire length of Thaddeus Street, trucks or any vehicles idling or found standing for more than five minutes will be subject to the following fines for each violation:
(1) 
First offense: $50.
(2) 
Second offense: $100.
(3) 
Third offense: $200.
B. 
Standing is prohibited on both sides of Newbury Street at the intersection of Gilbert Avenue for a distance of 25 feet.
[Added 6-20-2000 by Ord. No. 00-53]