Town of Lexington, MA
Middlesex County
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No person shall park a vehicle and no person shall allow, permit or suffer any vehicle registered in his name to be parked in any of the following places:
A. 
Within an intersection, except in those intersections where the installation of parking meters has been specifically approved by the Department of Public Works of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
B. 
Upon any sidewalk.
C. 
Upon any crosswalk.
D. 
Upon the roadway in a rural or sparsely settled district.
E. 
Adjacent to any center division strip or island placed upon and being a part of any street or highway, unless the vehicle is entirely within a parking meter space.
F. 
Within a crossover.
G. 
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 on 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.
H. 
On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street in such a manner as to constitute double-line or multiple-line parking.
I. 
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.
J. 
Upon any street or highway within 10 feet of a fire hydrant.
K. 
Upon or in front of any private road or driveway without the consent of the owner of said private road or driveway.
L. 
Upon any street or highway within 20 feet of an intersecting way, except alleys.
M. 
On bridges or approaches thereto when these are designated by standard signs.
N. 
Upon any street or highway where the parking of a vehicle will obstruct or hide from view any traffic control signal, provided that signs are erected notifying of such regulation or restriction.
Parking is prohibited, restricted or limited as to time, space and streets in accordance with a schedule designated as Schedule No. 1 hereto appended to which reference is made and which Schedule No. 1 is specifically incorporated in this section. No operator shall park a vehicle in the designated prohibited locations or in the restricted locations for a period longer than is designated in Schedule No. 1, except as otherwise provided in this schedule.
A. 
No person shall stop a bus upon any street within a business district to discharge or take on passengers at any place other than places designated as bus stops by the Board of Selectmen and duly marked as such.
B. 
No person shall stop or park a vehicle, except a bus, at any place designated as a bus stop. In accordance with the foregoing, a schedule designated as Schedule No. 2 is hereto appended to which reference is made and which Schedule No. 2 is specifically incorporated in this section.
A. 
No person shall park a taxicab upon any street within a business district at any place other than a taxicab stand or stands designated for the use of his taxicab or taxicabs, except while waiting for an opportunity to use a taxicab stand designated for his use.
B. 
No person shall at any time park a vehicle other than a taxicab upon any street within a business district in any taxicab stand except while actually engaged in loading or unloading, provided that such loading or unloading does not exceed a period of time longer than 15 minutes. In accordance with the foregoing, a schedule designated as Schedule No. 3 is hereto appended to which reference is made and which Schedule No. 3 is specifically incorporated in this section.
A. 
The Board of Selectmen shall determine upon what streets angle parking shall be permitted and shall mark or sign such streets or cause the same to be marked or signed.
B. 
Upon the streets or parts of streets which may hereafter be designated by rules and orders and marked and signed for angle parking, vehicles shall be parked with one wheel within 12 inches of the curb and at the angle to the curb indicated by such marks or signs, and each vehicle shall be entirely within the painted lines designated for its individual use.
In accordance with the provisions of MGL c. 90, § 7, parking of a motor vehicle at night without lights is hereby permitted on all well-lighted streets when and where not otherwise prohibited by these rules and orders.
It shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle, other than one acting in an emergency, to park said vehicle on any street or any municipal off-street parking area for a period of time longer than one hour between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. of any day except in official governmental capacity.
When a safety zone is so located in a way that the distance between it and the edge of the curb of the roadway is less than 30 feet, no driver shall park a vehicle within 30 feet of any part of such safety zone.
No person shall park a vehicle upon any street or municipal parking area in any service zone for a period of time longer than 30 minutes and except while actually loading or unloading.
[Amended 9-23-2002; 6-18-2007]
It shall be unlawful for any person to park, upon a street, highway or off-street parking area controlled by the town, any vehicle displayed for sale. Violation of this section is a civil infraction with a maximum fine of $60.
No person shall repair, wash or clean vehicles or other conveyances or cause them to be repaired, washed or cleaned in or upon any public way of the Town or any municipal parking area, nor shall any person occupy any part of any public way of the Town or any off-street parking area controlled by the Town as storage room for any vehicle, except that in an emergency temporary repairs may be made.
A. 
Parking is restricted or limited as to time, space, streets and off-street parking areas controlled by the Town as designated in Schedule No. 4 hereto appended, to which reference is made and which Schedule No. 4 is specifically incorporated in this section. No person shall park a vehicle for a period of time longer than prescribed in Schedule No. 4 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. of any day except as otherwise provided in this schedule. This restriction shall not apply on Sundays or during the hours of legal holidays during which business establishments are required by law to remain closed.
B. 
In accordance with the foregoing, parking meter zones are hereby established on the streets, parts of streets or off-street parking areas controlled by the Town listed in Schedule No. 4.
Parking meters shall be placed at intervals of not less than 20 feet apart and not less than 12 inches nor more than 24 inches from the face of the curb adjacent to individual meter spaces, except that beginning and ending spaces in any zone may be not less than 18 feet and except where angle parking is allowed. Meters shall be so constructed as to display a signal showing legal parking upon the deposit therein of the proper coin or coins of the United States as indicated by instructions on said meters and for such period of time as is or shall be permitted by these rules and orders. Said signal shall remain in evidence until expiration of the parking period designated, at which time a dropping of a signal automatically or some other mechanical operation shall indicate expiration of said parking period.
The Director of Public Works is hereby authorized and directed to establish parking meter spaces, in such parking meter zones as are herein specified or as may be hereafter fixed by rules and orders, and to indicate the same by white markings upon the surface of the street or off-street parking area and to maintain said meters in good workable condition.
Nothing contained in §§ 192-28 to 192-30, inclusive, of these rules and orders shall be construed to prohibit the Board of Selectmen from making provisions for bus stops, taxicab stands, service zones and loading zones as authorized by other sections of these rules and orders on any street or portion of a street or on an off-street parking area which has been or may hereafter be designated as a parking meter zone.
A. 
Whenever any vehicle shall be parked adjacent to a parking meter, the owner or operator of said vehicle shall park within the space designated by pavement marking lines and, upon entering such space, shall immediately deposit in said meter the required coin of the United States for the maximum legal parking period or proportionate period thereof, both as shown on the meter, and if so required set the mechanism in motion.
B. 
The fee for the maximum parking period shall be $0.10 and $0.05 for 1/2 of said maximum limit, as shown on the meter, except in municipal off-street parking areas, where the fee for the maximum parking period shall be $0.20 or $0.05 for each proportionate period thereof as shown on the meter.
[Amended 6-21-1978]
C. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to deposit or cause to be deposited in a parking meter any coin for the purpose of permitting any vehicle to remain in a parking space beyond the maximum period of time allowed in a particular zone.
D. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to park a vehicle within a parking meter space unless such vehicle is wholly within the painted lines adjacent to such meter.
E. 
It shall be unlawful for any authorized person to tamper with, break, injure or destroy any parking meter or to deposit or cause to be deposited in such meter any slug, device or metallic substance or any other substitute for the coins required.
F. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to park a vehicle anywhere in a designated parking meter zone except at a space indicated by white pavement markings adjacent to a parking meter.
[Amended 10-26-1981]
Operators of commercial vehicles may park in a metered space without depositing a coin for a period not to exceed 30 minutes for purposes of loading or unloading. Parking in excess of this time limit without depositing the proper coin shall be deemed a violation of the provisions of these rules and orders.
[Amended 10-26-1981]
The Chief of Police is hereby designated as the person authorized to collect moneys deposited in parking meters/parking machines or to cause the same to be so collected. Such moneys shall be delivered forthwith to the Town Treasurer, who shall deposit them in a separate account to be known as the "Lexington Parking Meter/Parking Machine Account."
[Amended 10-26-1981]
All fees received by said Town of Lexington from the operation and use of parking meters/parking machines shall be used as authorized by MGL c. 40, § 22A, B and C, as they now exist or may subsequently be amended or supplemented.
[Amended 10-26-1981]
Any person who violates any provision of these rules and orders shall be subject to the penalties provided by MGL c. 90, § 20C, as now or hereafter amended.
[Amended 10-26-1981]
No driver, while operating any vehicle owned and bearing indicia of ownership by the Town of Lexington, state or federal government, shall be required to deposit any fee in a parking meter/parking machine as provided in this article.
[Added 10-26-1981]
Parking is restricted or limited as to time, space and off-street parking areas controlled by the Town as designated in Schedule No. 9 hereto appended, to which reference is made and which Schedule No. 9 is specifically incorporated in this section. No person shall park a vehicle for a period of time between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. of any day except as otherwise provided in the schedule. No fee shall be required on Sundays or during the hours of legal holidays during which business establishments are required by law to remain closed. Parking machines shall be placed at a central location within each parking area.
[Added 10-26-1981]
Parking machines shall be constructed to dispense tickets showing the date and time limit and shall be capable of dispensing tickets for the following day upon the deposit therein of proper coin or coins of the United States as indicated by instructions on said machines and for such period of time as is or shall be permitted by these rules and orders.
[Added 10-26-1981]
A. 
Whenever any vehicle shall be parked within a parking machine zone, the owner or operator of said vehicle shall park and deposit in said machine the required coin of the United States for the maximum legal parking period or proportional period thereof, both as shown on the machine. The owner or operator shall receive a ticket which will then be placed in plain view on the dash of the vehicle, with the date and time limit. The fee shall be $0.05 for each half hour or $0.75 for the maximum parking period as shown on the machine.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to tamper with, break, injure or destroy any parking machine or to deposit or cause to be deposited in such machine any slug, device or metallic substance or any other substitute for the coins required.
[Added 10-26-1981]
The regulations and provisions of Article V shall only become effective at such time as applicable signing is in place and visible.