[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Dennis 9-24-2002 Special Town Meeting, Art. 14. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Consistent with Chapter 95 of the Town of Dennis Code, the Fire Chief or his authorized designee may require and designate the establishment of fire lanes whenever he has determined that public safety and necessity so require and may prescribe the method by which it shall be done. Any person or body that has lawful control of a public or private way or of improved or enclosed property used as off-street parking areas for the general public for shopping malls, theaters, auditoriums, sporting or recreational facilities, cultural centers, multiple-family residential dwelling, nursing homes or any other place where the public has a right of access as invitees or licensees shall, when directed by the Fire Chief or his designee, forthwith establish a fire lane.
Fire lanes shall be marked as prescribed by the Fire Chief or his designee and, unless otherwise directed by the Fire Chief or his designee, these shall be marked by yellow lines at least four inches wide on a diagonal, from the point of origin to the curb or sidewalk. The legend "FIRE LANE" shall be included within the painted area. In addition, signs with the legend "NO PARKING - FIRE LANE" may be required at the Fire Chief's discretion. Said signs, if required, shall be erected no more than 50 feet nor less than 25 feet apart along the length of the fire lane. The signs shall be at least 12 inches wide by 16 inches high and shall be securely mounted at least five feet but not more than eight feet above grade. Fire lanes shall be maintained in a clean and legible condition to insure adequate visibility.
No person shall leave a vehicle or object, or allow a vehicle or object to remain standing, whether attended or unattended, or allow a vehicle to remain live parked, within the limits of a designated fire lane.
The penalty for parking or standing vehicles in designated fire lanes, in violation of this bylaw shall be enforced by the Police Department, provided a fire lane is marked "NO PARKING - FIRE LANE," in accordance with the provision of M.G.L. c. 90, § 20A 1/2, or by parking control officers appointed by the Select Board pursuant to the provisions of M.G.L. c. 147, § 10F, as adopted by the Town. The penalty for leaving or allowing a vehicle to remain standing within the limits of a designated fire lane shall be $100 as provided for by M.G.L. c. 40, § 21, Clause 24.
[Amended 5-3-2005 ATM, Art. 37; 10-3-2020 STM by Art. 12]
The penalty for failure to establish such fire lane when directed by the Fire Chief, or his designee, failing to maintain a fire lane in a clean and legible condition or for leaving or allowing an object to remain standing within the limits of a designated fire lane so as to obstruct or block said fire lane may be enforced by the Fire Chief or his designee, or by any Town officers having police powers. The penalty therefor shall be a fine of $50. Each day that such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense. An enforcing person designated by this section may enforce the provisions of this paragraph by use of the noncriminal disposition procedure for bylaw enforcement pursuant to M.G.L. c. 40, § 210.
A vehicle found in violation of the provisions of this bylaw, whether or not a fire is in progress, may be towed at the direction of the Fire Chief or his designee, or the Chief of Police or other police officer with a rank of sergeant or higher, pursuant to the provisions of M.G.L. c. 89, § 7A. The owner of such vehicle shall be liable for the cost of such removal, and for any storage charges resulting therefrom.