In accordance with the provisions of MGL c. 40, § 22D, as amended, the City Council of the City of Chicopee hereby enacts the following regulations authorizing the removal to a convenient place of vehicles parked or standing in such manner or in such areas as are hereinafter described on any way under the control of the City of Chicopee. Vehicles specifically exempt by Chapter 322 of the Acts of 1961 shall not, however, be subject to such removal.
The moving or towing of vehicles under the provisions of this article and under Article IV, § 260-28, Parking of commercial vehicles, with gross vehicular weight of more than 6,000 pounds shall be by and at the direction of the Chief of Police or such other officers that the Chief of Police may designate.
[Amended 2-20-1996 by Ord. No. 96-5]
The City Council hereby imposes upon the owner of any vehicle moved or towed to a convenient place under the provisions of this article the following fees:
The contractor shall be liable to the owner for any damage arising out of negligence cause to a vehicle in the course of removal and storage.
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. Vehicles found in violation of the provisions of this section, except those specifically exempt by law, shall be removed to a convenient place under the direction of an officer of the Police Department, and the owner of the vehicle so removed or towed away shall be liable to the cost of such removal and storage, if any, as set forth in § 260-53 of this article.
Upon any way in such a manner as to impede the removal or plowing of snow or ice.
Upon any sidewalk.
Upon a way within five feet of a marked crosswalk.
[Amended 4-21-2009 by Ord. No. 09-86]
Upon any way within 20 feet of an intersecting way, except alleys.
Upon a way within 10 feet of a fire hydrant.
On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of the way.
In front of a public or private driveway.
Upon any way where the parking of a vehicle will not leave a clear and unobstructed lane at least 10 feet wide for passing traffic.
Upon any treebelt or median strip.
No person shall stand or park or allow, permit or suffer any vehicle registered in his name to stand or park on any of the ways or parts of ways hereinafter described and during the periods of time set forth. Vehicles found in violation of the provisions of this subsection, except those specifically exempted by law, shall be removed to a convenient place under the direction of an officer of the Police Department, and the owner of the vehicle so removed or towed away shall be liable to the cost of such removal and storage, if any, as set forth in § 260-53 of this article.
The owner of any vehicle removed or towed away under the provisions of this section shall also be subject to the penalties provided in MGL c. 90, § 20A.
The provisions of § 260-55B shall be effective only during such time as a sufficient number of official traffic signs bearing the legend "Tow-Away Zone" are installed, erected, maintained and located so as to be visible to approaching drivers, said signs to be appended above or incorporated into the legend of parking prohibition signs.
The Police Department shall keep a record of all vehicles towed or removed under the provisions of this article. Such record shall be retained for two years and shall contain the following information: