Town of Mansfield, CT
Tolland County
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[HISTORY: [1]Adopted by the Mansfield Traffic Authority of the Town of Mansfield 11-5-1992. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire lanes — See Ch. 125.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 166.
Motor vehicle traffic and parking — See Ch. 182.
[1]
Editor's Note: The title of this chapter was amended from "Traffic Regulations" to "Motor Vehicle Traffic and Parking Regulations" 7-9-2012, effective 7-9-2012.

§ A198-1 Legislative authority.

Legislative authority is as follows:
A. 
Connecticut General Statutes:
(1) 
Title 7, Chapter 98, § 7-148
(2) 
Title 14, §§ 14-145, 14-150 and 14-297 through 14-314, inclusive.
[Amended 7-9-2012, effective 7-9-2012]
B. 
Mansfield Town Charter:
(1) 
Article I, § C103, General grant of powers.
(2) 
Article V, § C509, Public safety.
C. 
Code of the Town of Mansfield:
(1) 
Chapter 125, Fire Lanes.
(2) 
Chapter 166, Streets and Sidewalks.
(3) 
Chapter 182, Motor Vehicle Traffic and Parking.
[Amended 7-9-2012, effective 7-9-2012]

§ A198-2 Word usage.

A. 
For the purposes of this section and subsequent sections, the terms "vehicle" and "motor vehicle" are synonymous and interchangeable and shall apply to all motor vehicles, as defined in Section 14-1, C.G.S., used on the public highways, unless another meaning is clearly apparent from the language or context. (Reference: C.G.S. § 14-212.)

§ A198-3 Definitions.

A. 
For the purposes of this regulation and subsequent regulations relative to vehicles and motor vehicles, the following terms shall have the same definitions as those given in § 14-1 of the Connecticut General Statutes: "Motor Vehicle," "Operator" "Owner," "Highway," "Parked Vehicle" and "Emergency Vehicle." (Reference: C.G.S. § 14-1.)

§ A198-4 Liability of owner.

A. 
Whenever there occurs a violation of any traffic authority regulation, proof of the registration number of any motor vehicle therein concerned shall be prima facie evidence in any criminal action or in any action based on an infraction or parking ticket that the owner was the operator thereof, except that, in the case of a leased or rented motor vehicle, such proof shall be prima facie evidence that the lessee was the operator thereof. (Reference: C.G.S. § 14-107.)

§ A198-5 General parking regulations.

A. 
No vehicle shall be permitted to remain parked on any highway in the Town of Mansfield in the following manner:
(1) 
Within 10 feet of any fire hydrant.
(2) 
Upon the traveled portion of any highway except in the direction that traffic is headed.
(3) 
With the right-hand wheels further than 12 inches from the curb or edge of the highway.
(4) 
Within 25 feet of any intersection or marked crosswalk.
(5) 
Within 25 feet of any stop sign.
(6) 
Parallel and adjacent to a vehicle already parked in a particular area.
(7) 
Upon a lawn, island or unpaved area within the limits of a Town road adjacent to a no-parking area.
(8) 
Upon any public sidewalk except when in the process of crossing said sidewalk or when necessary to perform sidewalk construction, maintenance or snow removal.
(9) 
In such a manner as to obstruct or interfere with the ingress or egress from a private driveway or alleyway, except with the permission of the owner of such private driveway or alleyway.
(10) 
At a bus stop, loading or unloading zone.
(11) 
In such a manner as to obstruct the flow of traffic.
(12) 
In violation of any sign posted by the Traffic Authority of the Town of Mansfield or the Traffic Commission of the State of Connecticut which prohibits, limits or regulates the parking of vehicles within the Town of Mansfield.
(13) 
In an area designated as reserved for handicapped persons in accordance with Section 14-253a of the Connecticut General Statutes, unless such vehicle is granted an exception in accordance with said section.
B. 
References: C.G.S. § 14-250a, 14-251, 14-252 and 14-253a.

§ A198-5.1 Storrs Center parking regulations.

[Added 7-9-2012, effective 7-9-2012]
A. 
In addition to the restrictions listed in § A198-5 above, no vehicle shall be permitted to remain parked on any public roadway in the Storrs Center Development Area, which consists of the area in northern Mansfield bounded by and including Charles Smith Way and South Eagleville Road to the south, the Town Office building, Region 19 (E.O. Smith High School), and the University of Connecticut's Fine Arts Complex to the west, Dog Lane and the University's Bishop Center to the north, the Center for Hellenic Studies Paideia, Royce Circle/Wilbur Cross Way (paralleling Storrs Road) and the Storrs Post Office to the east, in the following manner:
(1) 
In violation of any sign posted by the Traffic Authority of the Town of Mansfield, or the Traffic Commission of the State of Connecticut or the Mansfield Downtown Partnership which limits or regulates the parking of vehicles within the Storrs Center Development Area.
(2) 
In violation of any sign regulating parking posted by a member of the Storrs Center Parking Cooperative within the above-described Storrs Center Development Area. Any such sign must be approved by the Town Manager or his designee.
B. 
Vehicles in violation of any parking regulation herein may be subject to fines and/or towing. Owner/operators of violating vehicles will be responsible for paying both the fine for towing and the actual costs of towing and/or storage. Except in instances where a vehicle is a hazard to pedestrians or vehicular traffic or impedes the delivery of emergency services, tow warning notices in the form of a ticket shall be placed on vehicles prior to towing. Vehicles may be towed for parking in violation of the parking infractions listed in Subsection H, trespass on private property, parking while not being present on the premises or for exceeding the parking limits in designated parking spaces by 50% of the allowable time limit for said space in accordance with §§ 14-307 and 14-145 of the Connecticut General Statutes.
[Amended 11-28-2016, effective 11-28-2016]
C. 
The Town of Mansfield, the Mansfield Downtown Partnership, the Storrs Center Alliance and their designated agents are hereby authorized to tow vehicles for parking violations in the above-described Storrs Center Development area. Vehicles towed from private property shall be in accordance with §§ 14-307 and 14-145 of the C.G.S. and at the request of the property owner who shall have both a standing letter of trespass and an indemnification on file with the Town and the Mansfield Downtown Partnership.
D. 
In accordance with § 7-92 of the Connecticut General Statutes, the Mansfield Town Manager may upon request appoint special constables for terms of not more than two years to enforce parking laws and regulations in the Storrs Center Development Area. Any party to the "Cooperative Agreement for Parking Enforcement in and Adjacent to the Storrs Center Development" may file a standing letter of trespass with the office of the Town Manager. Said letter may include a request that the Town Manager appoint any employee or other nominee of the party to be a special constable. The Town Manager shall have reasonable discretion to determine whether an individual is suitable for appointment and will be appointed as a special constable. The Town Manager may limit the geographical jurisdiction of any such appointee, and subject his/her appointment to such limitations, restrictions and conditions as the Town Manager deems appropriate. An appointee shall have no property interest in his/her appointment, and shall serve at the pleasure of the Town Manager. Said constables shall be trained in parking enforcement by the Town and/or Mansfield Downtown Partnership prior to engaging in any enforcement activities. The services of any such special constable will be paid for by the requesting party, not by the Town of Mansfield. No such person may begin service as a special constable unless the requesting party has completed and submitted a "hold harmless" indemnification to the Town of Mansfield, Storrs Center Alliance, LLC, and to any third party operator designated by said Town and LLC, to the satisfaction of said entities including consideration of being added as an "Additional Insured" under the requesting party's liability policy for any actions or liability of such employee or nominee of such party resulting from parking law or regulation enforcement in his/her role as special constable.
E. 
Penalties for violations shall be in accordance with the Town's current Parking Violation Fine Schedule as listed in Subsection H. Any person who violates any provision of these regulations shall be subject to the fines set forth herein. Any such fine must be paid to the Collector of Revenue within 10 days of the date on which the parking citation ticket is issued.
F. 
Any fine may be appealed as provided in Chapter 182, Article II, of the Code of the Town of Mansfield, the Hearing Procedure for Parking Violations Ordinance, and in § A198-10 of these regulations, below.
G. 
Towing of vehicles from public parking areas shall be in accordance with § 14-307 of the C.G.S. Towing appeals shall be made on DMV Form A-25 "Request for Hearing to Contest Vehicle Towing" filed with the office of the Mansfield Resident State Troopers. Towing of vehicles from private parking areas shall be in accordance with § 14-145 of the C.G.S. and § A198-10B of these regulations, below.
[Amended 7-22-2013, effective 7-22-2013]
H. 
The cost of towing incurred by the towing party shall be paid prior to the release of the vehicle.
Town of Mansfield
Parking Violation Fine Schedule[1]
Infraction
Fine
Parking on a sidewalk
$25
Parking on a lawn, island or unpaved area
$25
Parking in violation of a posted sign
$30
Parking beyond specified time limits (except in the parking garage)
$30
Any violation resulting in towing
$25 plus the cost of the original violation
Parking with a lost, forged or spurious permit/decal
$30
Parking on the wrong side of the street
$30
Parking more than 12 inches from the curb
$30
Parking within 25 feet of an intersection
$30
Parking within 25 feet of a stop sign
$30
Parking obstructing a driveway/bikeway
$30
Parking with no Town permit/decal
$30
Double parking
$30
Parking in a crosswalk/bikeway
$30
Parking in a designated "no parking" area
$30
Parking in a loading zone
$50
Parking in a restricted or reserved space
$30
Parking in a bus stop
$50
Parking causing a traffic hazard
$50
Parking in violation of snow ordinance
$50
Parking in a fire lane
$50
Parking within 10 feet of a hydrant
$50
Parking in a handicapped space or zone
$150
[1]
Editor’s Note: The former Parking Violation and Fee Schedule, as amended effective 7-1-1994, and 9-28-2009, effective 12-1-2009, was located at the end of this chapter as A198 Attachment 1 and was repealed with the inclusion of the regulation of 7-9-2012, effective 7-9-2012.

§ A198-6 Fire lanes.

No person shall park or permit any motor vehicle to stand in a fire lane established in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 125, Fire Lanes, except when said vehicle is in the process of receiving or discharging passengers and the operator of the vehicle remains in the driver's seat.

§ A198-7 Parking and snow removal.

[Amended 7-9-2012, effective 7-9-2012; 7-22-2013, effective 7-22-2013]
No vehicle shall be parked on any public highway under the jurisdiction of the Town of Mansfield or in any area designated as a municipal parking area, with the exception of the Storrs Center Parking Garage:
A. 
Between the hours of midnight and 6:00 a.m. from November 1 through April 15; or
B. 
At all times when there is any accumulation of snow or ice on said highways or parking areas.

§ A198-8 Temporary parking regulations.

A. 
The Traffic Authority shall, from time to time, establish temporary parking restrictions on highways and thoroughfares under the jurisdiction of the Town of Mansfield.
B. 
The Traffic Authority may penalize and/or remove any vehicle parked in violation of the established temporary restriction.
C. 
Reference: C.G.S. § 14-307.

§ A198-9 Penalties for offenses.

A. 
A written schedule of fees for violations of the regulations contained herein shall be maintained at the State Trooper's Office.
B. 
Any person who violates any provision of these regulations shall be subject to a parking citation ticket fine as established by the Traffic Authority in the Parking Violation Fine Schedule set forth in these regulations.[1] Any such fine must be paid to the Collector of Revenue within 10 days of the date on which the parking citation ticket is issued. The amount of any fine not paid within 10 days shall be doubled. Any fine may be appealed as provided for in Chapter 182, Article II, of the Code of the Town of Mansfield, the Hearing Procedure for Parking Violations Ordinance.
[Amended 7-9-2012, effective 7-9-2012; 7-22-2013, effective 7-22-2013]
[1]
Editor’s Note: See the schedule in Subsection H of § A198-5.1.
C. 
In addition to any motor vehicle which may be towed under the provisions of Connecticut General Statutes Section 14-145 or 14-150, any motor vehicle parked in violation of § 182-3 of the Code of the Town of Mansfield or of § A198-5, A198-5.1, A198-6, A198-7 or A198-8 of these regulations on which three or more prior parking fines under § 182-4 or A198-9B of the Code of the Town of Mansfield are due and unpaid, or on which four or more such parking fines have been assessed within the past 12 months, may be towed and released to its owner only upon payment of all towing and/or storage charges. Payment of the towing and/or storage charges does not relieve the violator of the requirement to pay all fines accrued prior to the tow.
[Added 7-22-2013, effective 7-22-2013;[2] amended 11-28-2016, effective 11-28-2016]
[2]
Editor's Note: This legislation also redesignated former Subsection C as Subsection D.
D. 
References: Connecticut General Statutes Sections 14-145, 14-150, and 14-314.
[Amended 7-22-2013, effective 7-22-2013]

§ A198-10 Appeals.

[Amended 7-9-2012, effective 7-9-2012]
A. 
Any fine may be appealed as provided for in Chapter 182, Article II, of the Code of the Town of Mansfield, the Hearing Procedure for Parking Violations Ordinance, and in these regulations. Appeals for parking violations shall be made to the office of the Mansfield Resident State Troopers by making a request for hearing as permitted by § 182-13 of said ordinance. If said appeal is upheld by the Hearing Officer, no payment shall be necessary; if said appeal is denied, payment of the required fine shall be made to the Collector of Revenue. The decision of the Hearing Officer may be appealed to the Superior Court per § 182-16 of the Hearing Procedure for Parking Violations Ordinance.
B. 
As required by Connecticut General Statutes Section 14-150, any owner of a motor vehicle towed or otherwise removed under the authority of § 182-3, 182-4B or A198-9C of the Code of the Town of Mansfield may request a hearing before a Motor Vehicle Towing Hearing Officer by filing a “Request for Hearing to Contest Vehicle Towing” form or a reasonable facsimile with the office of the Mansfield Resident State Troopers no later than 10 days after the mailing date of the written notice to the owner that the motor vehicle has been towed.
[Added 7-22-2013, effective 7-22-2013]
C. 
References: Connecticut General Statutes Sections 7-148, 7-152b, 7-152c, 14-150, 14-305 to 14-308.
[Added 7-22-2013, effective 7-22-2013]