Town of Deerfield, MA
Franklin County
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In accordance with the provisions of MGL c. 40, § 22D, as most recently added by Chapter 322 of the Acts of 1961, accepted August 2, 1961, the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Deerfield hereby enact the following regulations authorizing the removal to a convenient place of vehicles parked or standing in such a manner, or in such areas as are hereinafter described on any way under the control of the Town of Deerfield. Vehicles specifically exempt by Chapter 322 of the Acts of 1961 shall not, however, be subject to such removal.
The moving or towing of any vehicle under the provisions of this article shall be by and at the direction of the Chief of Police or such other officer(s) of the rank of Sergeant or higher as he may from time to time designate.
The Board of Selectmen hereby imposes upon the owner of any vehicle moved or towed to a convenient place, under the provisions of this article, the following fees:
A. 
Removal or towing fee: not to exceed $25.
[Amended 6-9-1982]
B. 
Storage fees.
[Amended 6-9-1982; 1-18-1984]
(1) 
Not to exceed $10 for any twenty-four-hour period.
(2) 
Not to exceed $5 for any period less than 24 hours.
The contractor shall be liable to the owner for any damage arising out of negligence caused to a vehicle in the course of removal and storage.
Vehicles found in violation of the provisions of this article 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 § 207-28 of this article. The owner of any vehicle removed or towed away under the provisions of this article shall also be subject to the penalties provided in MGL c. 90, § 20A.
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:
A. 
Upon any way in such a manner as to impede the removal of plowing of snow or ice except vehicles parked in accordance with approved regulations governing all night parking.
B. 
Upon any sidewalk.
C. 
Upon any crosswalk.
D. 
Upon any way within 20 feet of an intersecting way except alleys.
E. 
Upon a way within 10 feet of a fire hydrant.
F. 
On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of the way.
G. 
In front of a public or private driveway.
H. 
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.
The provisions of §§ 207-30 and 207-31 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 the approaching drivers, said signs to be appended above and 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 one year and shall contain the following information.
A. 
The registration of the vehicle.
B. 
The location from which it was towed, and time and date of tow order.
C. 
The location to which it was moved.
D. 
The fee charged for towing.
E. 
Name of towing contractor, if any.
F. 
Name and rank of officer who authorized towing.