For the purposes of this article, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this section:
- PARKING METER
- Includes any mechanical device or meter not inconsistent with this article placed or erected for the regulation of parking by authority of this article. Each parking meter installed shall indicate by proper legend the legal parking time established by the City and, when operated, shall at all times indicate the balance of legal parking time, and at the expiration of such period shall indicate illegal or overtime parking.
- PARKING METER SPACE
- Any space within a parking meter zone, adjacent to a parking meter, and which is duly designated for the parking of a single vehicle by lines painted or otherwise durably marked on the surface of the street adjacent to or adjoining the parking meters.
- PARKING METER ZONE
- Includes that part of any street upon which the parking of vehicles is permitted for limited periods of times subject to regulations established by the City and upon which parking meters are installed and in operation.
- PARK or PARKING
- The standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, upon a street otherwise than temporarily for the purpose of, and while actually engaged in, receiving or discharging passengers or loading, unloading and delivering merchandise, or in obedience to traffic regulations, signs or signals or an involuntary stopping of the vehicle by reason of causes beyond the control of the vehicle operator.
- The entire width between property lines of any public street, avenue, road, alley, highway, lane, path or other public place located in the City and established for the use of vehicles.
- Any device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported upon a highway, except a device which is operated upon rails or tracks, or motivated by human power.
In accordance with this article, parking meter zones are established in the following streets or parts of streets. All frontages in such squares, streets or avenues defining such zones shall be included except those restricted to parking by specific order or as defined under § 385-19.
In parking meter zones the traffic commission shall cause parking meters to be purchased and installed upon the curb or sidewalk immediately adjacent to the parking spaces provided in § 385-12.
The Division of Traffic Engineering of the Department of Public Works shall be responsible for the control, operation, maintenance and use of such parking meters.
Each meter shall be installed not less than 12 inches or more than 24 inches from the face of the curb. Each device shall be so set as to display a signal showing legal parking upon the deposit of the appropriate coin or coins, lawful money of the United States of America, for the period of time prescribed by § 385-16.
Each device shall be so arranged that upon the expiration of the lawful time limit it will indicate by a proper visible signal that the lawful parking period has expired, and in such cases the right of such vehicle to occupy such space shall cease and the operator, owner, possessor or manager thereof shall be subject to the penalties provided in § 385-22.
The Division of Traffic Engineering of the Department of Public Works is directed and authorized to mark off individual parking spaces in the parking zones designated and described in § 385-12 when and where ordered by the Traffic Commission and in such other zones as may hereafter be established, such parking spaces to be designated by lines painted or durably marked on the surface of the street.
At each space so marked off, it is unlawful to park any vehicle in such a way that such vehicle shall not be entirely within the limits of the space so designated, except such vehicles whose length, width or load overlap the length or width of such lines or marks.
Parking meters shall be operated in the parking meter zones established in § 385-12 every day between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., unless otherwise specified by the City Council and indicated on such meters.
Such parking meters shall not be operated on Sundays or during the hours of legal holidays during which certain retail stores are required by law to remain closed under the provisions of the general statutes regulating the observance of the Lord's Day.
During the hours that parking time limit restrictions are in effect, the fee to be deposited in a parking meter adjacent to a parking meter space shall be as follows:
In those zones restricted to a maximum of 30 minutes of parking, one quarter ($0.25) for 30 minutes of parking.
In those zones restricted to a maximum of 60 minutes of parking, two quarters ($0.50) for 60 minutes of parking, or one quarter ($0.25) for 30 minutes of parking.
In those zones restricted to a maximum of two hours of parking, four quarters ($1) for two hours, or two quarters ($0.50) for one hour.
The number of minutes for which continuous parking by one vehicle will be permitted in any zone shall be set by order of the City Council.
When any vehicle is parked in any parking space alongside or next to which a parking meter is located, the operator of such vehicle shall, upon entering such parking meter space, immediately deposit or cause to be deposited in such meter such proper coin of the United States as is required for such parking meter and as is designated by proper directions on the meter; and when required by the directions on the meter, the operator of such vehicle, after the deposit of the proper coin or coins, shall also set in operation the timing mechanism on such meter in accordance with directions properly appearing thereon.
Except as otherwise provided in this article, it shall constitute a violation of this article to permit a vehicle to occupy a designated parking meter space during the period which has been prescribed for that part of the street in which such parking space is located unless forthwith after such parking the proper coin shall be deposited and the timing mechanism shall be set in operation.
It is further provided that any person placing a vehicle in a parking meter space adjacent to a meter which indicates that unused time has been left in the meter by the previous occupant of the space shall not be required to deposit a coin so long as his occupancy of such space does not exceed the indicated unused parking time. If such vehicle remains parked in any such parking space beyond the parking time limit set for such parking space, and if the meter shall indicate such illegal parking, then, and in that event, such vehicle shall be considered as parking overtime and beyond the period of legal parking time, and such parking shall be deemed a violation of this article.
Nothing in this article shall be construed as prohibiting the City from providing for bus stops, taxicab stands and other matters of similar nature, including the loading or unloading of trucks, vans, or other commercial vehicles.
The Police Department shall be responsible for the collection of moneys deposited in parking meters, which duty or function may be awarded by contract by the Chief Procurement Officer to an independent bonded contractor in accordance with General Laws Chapter 43, and with Chapter 82, Purchasing and Contracts, Articles I, II and III, if the Mayor, in his discretion, deems it to be for the best interest of the City.
No person shall park a vehicle contrary to the provisions of this article nor shall any person cause, allow, permit or suffer any vehicle registered in his name to violate any of the following provisions:
To be parked overtime, or beyond the period of legal parking time established for any parking meter zone as described in this article, or to deposit in any parking meter any coin for the purpose of parking beyond the maximum legal parking time for the particular parking meter zone.
To permit any vehicle to remain in any parking space adjacent to any parking meter while such meter is displaying a signal indicating that the vehicle occupying such parking space has already been parked beyond the period prescribed for such parking space.
To park any vehicle across any line or marking of a parking meter space or in such position that the vehicle shall not be entirely within the area designated by such lines or markings, except such vehicles whose length, width or load overlaps the width or length of such lines or marks.
To deface, injure, tamper with, open or willfully break, destroy, or impair the usefulness of any parking meter installed under the provisions of this article, except that a person may open such parking meter when authorized to do so by the Director of Public Works.
To deposit or cause to be deposited in any parking meter any slugs, device or metal substance, or other substitute for lawful coin.