[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Simsbury 5-26-1976. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Other parking restrictions — See Ch. 149.
A fire lane, as defined by this chapter, is a designated, unobstructed passageway sufficient in size and constructed in a manner to permit free passage of fire apparatus and other emergency equipment from a public highway to all necessary areas around or upon any private shopping center or around any office building, commercial building, mercantile building, warehouse, storage building, manufacturing building, hospital, convalescent home, school or public building in all seasons and in all kinds of weather.
The registered owner of a motor vehicle shall be presumed to be the operator of such motor vehicle.
Fire lanes are to be kept free of obstructions. Fire lanes shall be kept free of ice and snow, rubbish containers and all other obstructions.
Fire lanes shall be designated by the Fire Marshal with the approval of the Chief of Police and the authorized agents of the Board of Selectmen and the Zoning Commission. Notification to the owner, owners, agent or occupant of any affected area may be by personal service or certified mail and shall prescribe a reasonable time for compliance.
Upon notification from the Fire Marshal, the owner, owners, agent or occupants shall ensure that fire lanes are kept free of obstructions and shall cause to be erected, installed and maintained at their own expense, near said fire lanes, permanent and adequate signs bearing the words FIRE LANE - NO PARKING and such other designations as are reasonably required to warn persons to keep said fire lanes free and open for passage.
If after notification by the Fire Marshal compliance is not obtained within the prescribed time, each owner (owners), agent or occupant shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $25 per violation. Each day following such prescribed time shall constitute a new violation.
No person shall park or permit to stand a motor vehicle unattended by a licensed operator in any fire lane except when actually picking up or discharging passengers or actively engaged in loading or unloading a motor vehicle.
[Amended 4-12-1982; 12-9-1996]
Upon finding any motor vehicle parked or standing in a fire lane in violation of this chapter, any police officer may attach a notice of violation to said vehicle that it has been illegally parked or direct the towing of said vehicle to any public or private facility, all expenses for said towing, including storage, being borne by the registered owner of said vehicle. Any person found in violation shall be fined in accordance with the fee schedule by the Board of Selectmen, provided that the fine is paid at the police station within seven days of the offense; otherwise the penalty shall be doubled. Payment to the designated authority shall be in lieu of a court appearance. Failure to pay the appropriate fine as provided for in this chapter shall be an infraction as provided for in Connecticut General Statutes, §§ 51-164m and 51-164n. Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes, § 51-164p, any such violation shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $90 for each offense.