For the purpose of regulating parking on streets designated in this article and the time whereon parking is permitted, the Superintendent of Police, under the direction of the chief executive officer of the City, is hereby authorized and directed to install parking meters within the areas described in this article, or cause the same to be so installed, and when so installed to maintain the same in good workable condition, except that in the parallel parking zone such meters shall be placed at intervals of not less than 20 feet apart and not less than six inches nor more than 24 inches from the face of the curb, and in a right-angle parking meter zone such meters shall be not less than nine feet apart and not less than six inches nor more than 24 inches from the face of the curb, in such locations within the parking meter zone as are approved by the State Department of Highways, and each location shall thereafter be designated as a parking meter space and shall be indicated by white markings or painted lines upon the surface of the roadway. Such meters shall be so constructed as to display a signal showing a legal parking time upon the deposit therein of the proper coin or coins of the United States as indicated by instructions on the meters and for such period of time as is or shall be indicated by this article. Such signal shall at all times indicate the balance of legal parking time and remain in evidence until the expiration of the parking time designated, at which time a dropping of a signal, automatically or by other mechanical operation, shall indicate expiration of such legal parking period.
Whenever any vehicle shall be parked adjacent to a parking meter, the owner or operator of the vehicle shall park the same parallel to the face of the curb, except when parking in a right-angle parking zone, with the vehicle headed in the direction of permitted travel and with both the front and rear wheels of the vehicle nearest the curb within 12 inches of the curb and within the space designated by street marking lines, and when parking in a right-angle parking zone shall park such vehicle so that the front end of such vehicle is parallel with and within six inches of the face of the curb nearest the vehicle and within the space designated by street marking lines, and upon entering such space shall immediately deposit or cause to be deposited in the meter the required coin of the United States for the maximum legal parking period as indicated or shown on the meter, or for such portion thereof as such person desires to park as provided for in the instructions on the meter.
Notwithstanding anything in this Article VII to the contrary, the parking meter rate for all parking meters in all areas of the City is $0.25 for each 15 minutes and $1 for each hour.
For the purpose of regulating parking on streets designated in this article and the time parking is permitted thereon, the Parking Director is hereby authorized to provide bags or other devices to cover meters for the purpose of prohibiting parking at the associated space when requested. The rate shall be $10 per day per metered space where parking is prohibited for any portion of a day.
It shall be unlawful for any person to deposit or cause to be deposited in a parking meter any coin for the purpose of permitting the vehicle of which he is in charge to remain in the parking space beyond the maximum period of time allowed in a particular zone.
It shall be unlawful for any person to park a vehicle within a parking meter space unless such vehicle is wholly within the painted lines adjacent to such meter.
It shall be unlawful for any person to park a vehicle in a parking meter zone other than in a parking meter space adjacent to a parking meter, except that the operator of a commercial vehicle may park such vehicle for a period of time and for the purposes provided for in this article.
No person shall park a vehicle between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on any of the streets included within the provisions of this article for a period of time longer than is permitted in the parking meter zone established by this article and as shown on the parking meter adjacent to the space wherein such person is parked, on any day except Sundays, legal holidays or during such times as parking is not limited or prohibited by this article or any other ordinance of the City.
It shall be unlawful for any unauthorized person to tamper with, break, injure or destroy any parking meter or parts which support such meter or to deposit or cause to be deposited in such meter any slug, device or other substance or any substitute for the coins required for the purchase of parking time.
The operator of a commercial vehicle may park such vehicle in a metered space without depositing a coin therein for a period of time not to exceed 20 minutes and then only for the purpose of loading or unloading, or the delivering of goods, wares or merchandise to a person in the immediate vicinity of such metered space. Parking in excess of this time limit without depositing the proper coin in the meter shall be deemed a violation of the provisions of this article.
The Superintendent of Police or someone designated by him is hereby designated as the person authorized to collect the money deposited in parking meters, and he shall keep full and accurate records of all the sums so collected. Such money shall be turned over forthwith to the City Treasurer who shall give the Superintendent of Police the proper receipts therefor, and the City Treasurer shall deposit the same in a separate account to be known as the "City Parking Meter Account."
All money received by the City from the operation and use of the parking meters shall be used as authorized by MGL c. 40, §§ 22A and 22B.
One-hour parking meter zones are hereby established on the following streets:
Editor's Note: An ordinance adopted 7-13-1999 provided for the deletion of Meter Nos. 2 and 20 from Gorham Street (72).
Two-hour parking meter zones are hereby established on the following streets:
Editor's Note: An ordinance adopted 10-12-1999 provided for the deletion of Meter No. 2 from Brown Street.
Editor's Note: An ordinance adopted 10-12-1999 provided for the deletion of Meter Nos. 2, 3 and 4 from East Merrimack Street.
Editor's Note: An ordinance adopted 7-8-1997 provided for the removal of Meter Nos. 5, 6 and 7 from Lee Street.
Editor's Note: An ordinance adopted 7-13-1999 provided for the deletion of Meter No. 67 from Merrimack Street (521).
Editor's Note: An ordinance adopted 7-8-1997 provided for the removal of Meter No. 30 from Paige Street.
The following two-hour ninety-degree-angle parking meter zone is hereby established:
Four-hour parking meter zones are hereby established on the following streets:
Editor's Note: Original § 13-239, which provided for ten-hour parking meter zones and immediately followed this section, was repealed 12-23-2008.
Eight-hour parking meter zones are hereby established on the following streets:
Fifteen-minute parking meter zones are hereby established on the following streets:
Thirty-minute parking meter zones are hereby established on the following streets:
An event rate shall be in effect when events are held at the Tsongas Center, LeLacheur Park, or the Lowell Memorial Auditorium and signage is displayed prominently at least three hours prior to the start of the event rate period to inform motorists when the event rates shall be in effect.