[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Norwell as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 5-18-1959; amended 11-7-1972; 10-9-1973; 9-24-1974; 12-5-1978]
Use of meters shall be optional with operators provided the charges do not exceed the above rates.
Every person or corporation licensed by the Board of Selectmen (hereinafter referred to as a "licensee") to operate taxicabs shall have a regular place of business approved by the Board. Notice in writing shall be given immediately to the Board by the licensee of any change in place of business, or upon any change in the certificates of registration, as issued by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles.
An applicant for a license to operate a taxicab shall present a valid license to operate motor vehicles, issued by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles, for each person who shall be employed as a driver of said taxicabs.
Notice in writing shall be given to the Board of Selectmen by licensees of any changes in their driver personnel or changes in addresses of such personnel.
No taxicab company shall have an outside signal or other sound device except those approved by the Board of Selectmen.
The Board of Selectmen may assign any licensee a place as a special stand. Licensees shall not trespass upon parking spaces to which they have not been assigned.
The license to operate a taxicab, one of which shall be issued for each vehicle, shall be displayed in a conspicuous place above the vehicle and every driver shall display upon the request of any passenger his license to operate motor vehicles.
Every driver shall, immediately after delivering a passenger, search said cab for any property which may have been left therein, and any such property found therein shall be forthwith delivered to the Police Department.
If the driver of any taxicab shall give information or service to any person seeking immoral entertainment, or continues to carry from place to place a person who is noisy or disorderly, or carries an intoxicated person not in the custody of a responsible person to any place other than his home, the Board may revoke the license under which such taxicabs are operated.
Licenses to operate taxicabs shall expire one year from date of issue and shall not be transferred without the consent of the Board of Selectmen endorsed thereon. For each license the sum of $35 ($45 effective January 1, 1990) shall be paid to the Town Treasurer-Collector for the use of the Town. A license so granted shall become void if the applicant neglects or refuses to take out and pay for his license within 10 days after notice that it has been granted.
Editor's Note: Amendment pending.
[Adopted 12-3-1956; last amended April 1998]
For the purpose of these rules and orders, the words and phrases used herein shall have the following meanings except in those instances where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
- EMERGENCY VEHICLES
- Vehicles of the Fire Department, police vehicles, ambulances and emergency vehicles of federal, state and municipal departments or public service corporations when the latter are responding to an emergency in relation to the Police or Fire Department.
- A longitudinal division of a roadway into a strip of sufficient width to accommodate the passage of a single line of vehicles.
- LOADING ZONES
- No person shall park a vehicle upon any street in any loading zone for a period of time longer than 30 minutes and except while actually engaged in loading or unloading.
- OFFICIAL STREET MARKING
- Any painted line, legend, marking or marker of any description painted or placed upon any way which purports to direct or regulate traffic and which has been authorized by the Board of Selectmen and which has the written approval of the Department of Public Works, Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
- OFFICIAL TRAFFIC SIGNS
- All signs, markings and devices other than signals, not inconsistent with these rules and orders, and which conform to the standards prescribed by the Department of Public Works of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and placed or erected by authority of a public body or official having jurisdiction, for the purpose of guiding, directing, warning or regulating traffic.
- The stopping or standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, otherwise than temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading, or in obedience to an officer or traffic signs or signals, or while making emergency repairs or, if disabled, while arrangements are being made to move such vehicle.
- POLICE OFFICER
- For the purpose of these rules and orders a police officer shall be construed to mean any police officer, any constable or special officer, provided he has his badge of office displayed over his left breast and upon his outer garment.
- That portion of a street or highway between the regularly established curblines or that part, exclusive of shoulders, improved and intended to be used for vehicular traffic.
- STREET or HIGHWAY
- The entire width between property lines of every way open to the use of the public for the purpose of travel.
- U-TURN PROHIBITED
- No operator shall back or turn a vehicle so as to proceed in the direction opposite to that in which said vehicle is headed or traveling on the following streets.
- Every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon any street or highway, except devices moved by human power.
Police to direct traffic. It shall be the duty of the police officers to enforce the provisions of these rules and orders. Police officers are hereby authorized to direct all traffic either in person or by means of visible or audible signal in conformance with the provisions of these rules and orders, provided that in the event of a fire or other emergency, to expedite traffic or safeguard pedestrians, officers of the Police or Fire Department may direct traffic, as conditions may require, notwithstanding the provisions of these rules and orders.
Police may close streets temporarily. The Chief of Police may close temporarily any street or highway in an impending or existing emergency, or for any lawful assemblage, demonstration or procession, provided there is reasonable justification for the closing of such street, and in connection therewith, where the public convenience and necessity require, the Chief of Police may authorize and direct the temporary placement of detour signs.
Police may prohibit parking temporarily. The Chief of Police may prohibit, temporarily, parking on any street or highway or part thereof in an impending or existing emergency, or for a lawful assemblage, demonstration or procession, provided there is reasonable justification for such prohibition. Vehicles parked in places where parking is prohibited temporarily may be moved by or under the direction of an officer.
Exemptions. The provisions of these rules and orders shall not apply to operators actually engaged in work upon a street or highway closed to travel or under construction or repair, to officers when engaged in the performance of public duties nor to drivers of emergency vehicles while operating in an emergency and in performance of public duties when the nature of the work of any of these necessitates a departure from any part of these rules and orders. These exemptions shall not, however, protect the driver of any vehicle from consequences of a reckless disregard of the safety of others.
Interference with signs, signals and markings prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any persons to willfully deface, injure, move or obstruct or interfere with any official traffic sign, signal or marking.
No driver of any vehicle shall disobey the instructions of any official traffic control signal, sign, marking, marker or legend, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.
General prohibitions. No person shall park a vehicle in any of the following places, and vehicles found parked in violation of the provisions of this subsection may be moved by or under the direction of an officer and at the expense of the owner to a place where parking is permitted:
Within an intersection.
Upon any sidewalk.
Upon any crosswalk.
Upon the roadway in a rural or sparsely settled district.
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. This shall not apply to streets or parts of streets where angle parking is required by these regulations.
Upon any roadway where the parking of a vehicle will not leave a clear and unobstructed lane at least 12 feet wide for passing traffic.
Upon any street or highway within 10 feet of a fire hydrant.
In front of any private road or driveway, without the consent of the property owner.
Upon any street or highway within 20 feet of an intersecting way, except alleys.
Upon any street or highway within 20 feet of a firehouse driveway.
Prohibited on certain streets. Upon the following streets or highways or parts thereof parking is hereby prohibited as set forth below, during the hours stated:
Grove Street, northeast for a distance of 100 feet from Washington Street, on both sides of the street.
High Street, southerly for a distance of 100 feet from Washington Street, on both sides of the street and triangle.
Westerly side of Bridge Street for its entire length, 1,972 feet.
Easterly side of Dover Street from River Street to 100 yards beyond the entrance of the Albert Norris Reservation, 700 feet.
Bowker Street (bounded southerly by Main Street, northerly by Grove Street) for its entire length of 6,336 feet, with the exception of allowing three spaces* between the telephone poles in front of Meadowcroft Day Camp at 260 Bowker Street. *To allow parking for three vehicles for nurses and an emergency camp van not to exceed a total area of 45 feet in length.
Oak Street (bounded easterly by High Street, westerly by Washington Street, southerly by Ridge Hill Road) for its entire length of 965 feet.
Time limited in designated areas. No person shall park a vehicle in the following described areas for a period of time longer than hereafter specified:
One-hour angle parking upon the southerly side of Main Street, from River Street to the northwesterly property line of the First Parish Cemetery.
One-hour parking parallel to curb upon the northerly side of Main Street from Central Street, in an easterly direction, for a distance of 500 feet.
The Board of Selectmen shall determine upon what streets angle parking shall be permitted and shall mark and sign such streets, or cause the same to be marked and signed. Vehicles shall be parked with the right front wheel within 12 inches of the curb or edge of roadway and at the angle to the curb indicated by marks and signs.
Angle parking shall be required on the following streets or parts thereof which have been marked and signed for angle parking:
One-hour angle parking upon the southerly side of Main Street, from River Street to the northwesterly property line of the First Parish Cemetery excluding 690 Main Street.
Upon the following streets or parts of streets vehicular traffic shall move only in the direction indicated below, provided that official traffic signs are erected at each exit at each one-way street:
Obedience to isolated stop signs.
Every driver of a vehicle, or other conveyance, approaching an intersection of ways where there exists facing him an official sign, bearing the word "Stop" and authorized by this section, said sign having, apart from this regulation, the written approval of the Department of Public Works, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and such approval being in effect, shall, before proceeding through the intersection, bring such vehicle or other conveyance to a complete stop at such point as may be clearly marked by a sign or line, of if a point is not so marked, then at a place between the said "Stop" sign and the nearer line of the street intersection. In the case of a line of two or more vehicles approaching such "Stop" sign, the drivers of the second and third vehicles in line in any group shall not be required to stop more than once before proceeding through the intersection. This section shall not apply when the traffic is otherwise directed by an officer or by a lawful traffic regulating sign, signal or device.
In accordance with the foregoing, the erection and maintenance of an official "Stop" sign or signs are authorized so as to face:
In accordance with Chapter 689 of the Acts of 1986, the Norwell Board of Selectmen has voted to amend Norwell's Traffic Rules and Regulations by adding the following stop signs. These signs will be in compliance with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
Operation at under and overpasses and at intersections with islands. At any junction or crossing of ways where the roadway grades have been separated and where the ways are connected by ramps and at any intersection of ways in which there are traffic islands, drivers of vehicles shall proceed only as indicated by official signs, signals or markings.
U-turn prohibited central fire station. No operator shall back or turn a vehicle so as to proceed in the direction opposite to that in which said vehicle is headed or traveling on Main Street (Route 123).
Owner prima facie responsible for violations. If any vehicle is found upon any street or highway in violation of any provisions of these rules and orders and the identity of the driver cannot be determined, the owner or the person in whose name such vehicle is registered shall be held prima facie responsible for such violation.
Penalties. Any person convicted of a violation of any rule, regulation or order made hereunder, except as otherwise provided, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $20 for each offense.
These rules are adopted with the intent that each of them shall have force and effect separately and independently of every other except insofar as by express reference or necessary implication any rule or any part of a rule is made dependent upon another rule or part thereof.
The provisions of these rules so far as they are the same in effect as those of any valid existing rules, orders or regulations heretofore made by the Selectmen of Norwell relative to or in connection with official signs, lights, markings, signal systems or devices shall be construed as a continuation thereof, but all other existing rules, orders and regulations so made for the regulation of vehicles are hereby expressly repealed. This repeal, however, shall not affect any punishment or penalty imposed or complaint or prosecution pending at the time of the passage hereof for an offense committed under any of the valid rules, orders or regulations hereby repealed.