[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Ashland May 1993 Special Town Meeting. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Designated parking spaces for vehicles owned and operated by disabled veterans or by handicapped persons and bearing the distinctive number plates authorized by M.G.L.A. C. 90, § 2, shall be provided in public and private off-street parking areas.
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 business, shopping malls, theaters, auditoriums, sporting or recreational facilities, cultural centers or residential dwellings or for any other place where the public has a right of access as invitees or licensees shall reserve parking spaces in said off-street parking areas for any vehicle owned and operated by a disabled veteran or handicapped person whose vehicle bears the distinguishing license plate authorized by M.G.L.A. C. 90, § 2, according to the following formula: If the number of parking spaces in any such area is more than fifteen (15) but not more than twenty-five (25), one (1) parking space; more than twenty-five (25) but not more than forty (40), five percent (5%) of such spaces but not fewer than two (2); more than forty (40) but not more than one hundred (100), four percent (4%) of such spaces but not fewer than three (3); more than one hundred (100) but not more than two hundred (200), three percent (3%) of such spaces but not fewer than four (4); more than two hundred (200) but not more than five hundred (500), two percent (2%) of such spaces but not fewer than six (6); more than five hundred (500) but not more than one thousand (1,000), one and one-half percent (11/2%) of such spaces but not fewer than ten (10); more than one thousand (1,000) but not more than two thousand (2,000), one percent (1%) of such spaces but not fewer than fifteen (15); more than two thousand (2,000) but fewer than five thousand (5,000), three-fourths of one percent (3/4 of 1%) of such spaces but not fewer than twenty (20); more than five thousand (5,000), one-half of one percent (1/2 of 1%) of such spaces but not fewer than thirty (30).
Parking spaces designated as reserved under the provisions of § 164-2 shall be identified by the use of above-grade signs with white lettering against a blue background and which shall bear the words "Handicapped Parking: Special Plate Required. Unauthorized Vehicles May be Removed at Owners Expense"; shall be as near as possible to a building entrance or walkway; shall be adjacent to curb ramps or other unobstructed methods permitting sidewalk access to a handicapped person; and shall be twelve (12) feet wide or two (2) eight-foot wide areas with four (4) feet of crosshatch between them.
No person shall leave any unauthorized vehicle within parking spaces designated for use by disabled veterans or handicapped persons as authorized by § 164-1 hereof or in such a manner as to obstruct a curb ramp designated for use by handicapped persons as a means of egress to a street or public way.
[Amended 5-14-1997 ATM, Art. 38; 5-15-2002 ATM, Art. 15]
The penalty for violations of any part of this chapter shall be $100.00 or the minimum established under MGL Chapter 40, section 22A from time to time, whichever is greater, for each offense.
Vehicles may be removed according to the provisions of MGL Chapter 40, section 22D or Chapter 266, section 120D, whichever is applicable.