City of Fitchburg, MA
Worcester County
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[Added 1-17-1967; amended in its entirety 2-6-1973 by Ord. No. 845-72]
In accordance with the provisions of MGL c. 40, § 22D, the City Council of Fitchburg, Massachusetts hereby enacts the following regulations authorizing the removal to a convenience 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 City of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, vehicles specifically exempt by MGL c. 40, § 22D shall not, however, be subject to such removal.
[Amended 6-3-2014 by Ord. No. 100-2014]
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 officer(s) of the rank of Sergeant or higher as he or she may from time to time designate.
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 not to exceed $25.
A. 
Removal or towing fee not to exceed that which is provided in or as authorized by state law.
B. 
Storage fees not to exceed that which is provided in or as authorized by state law.
C. 
Twenty-five percent of all towing fees collected are to be used for traffic safety equipment purposes pursuant to a revolving fund to be established pursuant to MGL c. 44, § 53E 1/2.
[Added 9-2-2014 by Ord. No. 205-2014]
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.
[Amended 1-4-1983 by Ord. No. 480-82; 6-3-2014 by Ord. No. 100-2014]
No person shall stand or park or allow, permit or suffer any vehicle registered in his or her 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 § 169-96 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, § 20 A1/2.
A. 
Upon any way in such a manner as to impede the removal or 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. 
Within 20 feet of an intersection way, except alleys.
E. 
Upon a way within 10 feet of a 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 here the parking of a vehicle will not leave at least 10 feet wide for passing traffic.
I. 
In an area designated as restricted to handicapped persons or disabled veterans.
[Amended 1-4-1983 by Ord. No. 480-82; 6-3-2014 by Ord. No. 100-2014]
No person shall stand or park or allow, permit or suffer any vehicle registered in his or her 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 section, 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 § 169-96 of this article. The owner of any vehicle removed or towed away under the provisions of this section shall be subject to the penalties provided in MGL c. 90, § 20A 1/2.
Name of Street
Side
Location
Academy Street
[Amended 9-20-1978 by Ord. No. 530-78]
North
From Spring Street to Davis Street
Academy Street
[Added 9-20-1978 by Ord. No. 530-78; repealed 12-19-1995 by Ord. No. 526-95]
Blossom Street
East
From Crescent Street to Union Street
Blossom Street
West
From Crescent Street to Gage Street
Clinton Street
[Added 5-17-1983 by Ord. No. 183-83]
West
From Pearl Street to a point 100 feet south
Crescent Street
Both
From Blossom Street to Pleasant Street
Elm Street
South
From Oliver Street west for 35 feet
Fairmount Street
South
From Madison Street to Woodland Street
Franklin Avenue
[Added 7-17-1979 by Ord. No. 416-79]
Both
Entire length
Lunenburg Street
North
From Highland Avenue to East Street
Main Street
North
From Myrtle Avenue to Willow Street
Main Street
South
From Cushing Street to Wood Place
Main Street
South
From Summer Street to Willow Street
Mt. Vernon Street
East
From Crescent Street to Weymouth Street
North Street
[Added 12-19-2000 by Ord. No. 310-00]
West
From Main Street to Cherry Street
Oliver Street
[Added 12-18-1973 by Ord. No. 566-73]
East
Beginning at a distance of 100 feet from Main Street for 87 feet north, remaining 178 feet
Oliver Street
[Amended 12-18-1973 by Ord. No. 566-73]
West
From Main Street north 365 feet
Omena Place
[Added 4-19-1988 by Ord. No. 129-88]
East
Entire length
Omena Place
[Added 4-19-1988 by Ord. No. 129-88]
West
From Johnson Street south for a distance of 64 feet
Pearl Street
[Added 7-17-1990 by Ord. No. 294-90 ]
South
From North Street to John Fitch Highway
Pleasant Street
East
From Crescent Street to Spring Street
Pleasant Street
[Added 4-16-1974 by Ord. No. 113-74]
West
From Crescent Street north 200 feet
Prichard Street
East
From Main Street to Elm Street
Richardson Road
[Added 10-20-1998 by Ord. No. 409-98]
Both
From Scripture Road to Billings Road
Scripture Road
[Added 10-20-1998 by Ord. No. 409-98]
Both
From Ashby State Road to Richardson Road
Water Street
[Amended 7-17-1990 by Ord. No. 294-90]
West
From Laurel Street to Burnett Street
Westminster Hill Road
[Added 3-1-1988 by Ord. No. 72-88]
Both
From Phillips Street to Sanborn Street
The provisions of § 169-99 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.
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Editor's Note: Former § 13-104, Zoned in areas, which section originally preceded this section, was repealed 1-4-1983 by Ord. No. 480-82.
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 the time and date of the tow order.
C. 
The location to which it was moved.
D. 
The fee charged for towing.
E. 
The name of the towing contractor, if any.
F. 
The name and rank of officer who authorized the towing.