[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Madison 9-18-1978; printed as last amended 7-9-2001.  Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Vehicles in parks and cemeteries — See Ch. 285.
Recreational vehicles — See Ch. 405.
Town-owned ATVs — See Ch. 508.
Editor's Note: Interim amendments to this ordinance were adopted 4-2-1979, 4-28-1980, 5-19-1980, 7-28-1980, 5-11-1981, 11-23-1981, 8-9-1982, 6-13-1983, 9-10-1984, 11-11-1985, 5-19-1986, 6-9-1986, 5-11-1987, 6-20-1988, 8-8-1988, 4-18-1989, 8-21-1989, 10-2-1989, 7-23-1990, 9-25-1990, 11-15-1990, 5-23-1991, 10-1-1991, 3-25-1992, 4-23-1992, 2-8-1993, 3-8-1994 and 6-7-1999.
This chapter shall be known as the "Ordinance for the Regulation of Vehicles, as Amended."
To regulate the operation of all vehicles in the public ways and on publicly owned property within the Town of Madison.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- A. That part of a roadway at an intersection included within the connections of the lateral lines of the sidewalks on opposite sides of the highway measured for the curbs, or in the absence of curbs, from the edge of traversable roadways; or
- B. Any portion of a roadway at an intersection or elsewhere distinctly indicated for pedestrian crossing by lines or other markings on the surface.
- The outer edge of a defined sidewalk or either edge of the wrought or usually traveled part of a way.
- That portion of the roadway used by an individual or business for purposes of barrier-free access onto their property. Barriers shall include but are not limited to curbing, severe slope, walls and/or fencing.
- The area embraced within the prolongation or connection of the lateral curblines of the roadways of two highways which join one another at, or approximately at, right angles, or the area within which vehicles traveling upon different highways joining at any other angle may come in conflict.
- The stopping or standing of motor vehicles on a roadway whether
occupied or unoccupied, attended or unattended, otherwise than for
the purpose of loading or unloading passengers and/or merchandise
or in obedience to police officers or traffic regulations, signs or
signals, or while making emergency repairs if disabled, while arrangements
are being made to move such vehicle.[Amended 6-10-2019]
- Any individual, corporation, firm, partnership, joint venture, association, fiduciary, trust, estate or any other legal or commercial entity.
- PUBLIC PROPERTY
- Includes parking lots, cemeteries, parks, sidewalks and land leased by the Town.
- SNOW EMERGENCIES
- A time designated by the Road Commissioner during which special parking restrictions are put into effect for the purpose of plowing and removing snow.
- STOP or STOPPING
- When prohibited, means halting, even momentarily, of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a police officer or traffic control device.
- Includes all kinds of conveyances on ways for persons and for property, except those propelled or drawn by human power.
- Includes all lands of public ways including Town ways, state aid roads, and state highways.
It shall be unlawful for the operator of any motor vehicle to park the same on the following designated ways or areas:
Editor’s Note: The entry that prohibited parking on a portion of John Street, which immediately followed, was repealed 6-10-2019.
Editor’s Note: The entries that prohibited parking on portions of Main Street east and west of the driveway of the residence of No. 152 Main Street, which immediately preceded this entry, and the entry that prohibited parking on a portion of Main Street starting at a point west of MEW Pole No. 7.1, which immediately followed this entry, were repealed 6-10-2019.
Editor’s Note: This ordinance also repealed the entries that immediately followed and prohibited parking at the Municipal Building.
Editor’s Note: This ordinance also repealed the entry that immediately preceded this entry and prohibited parking on a portion of Old Point Avenue in front of the SAD No. 59 Old Point School.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed the entries that immediately followed and prohibited parking on a portion of Thomas Street.
Editor’s Note: Former §§ 399-5, Thirty-minute parking, and 399-6, One-hour parking, were repealed 6-10-2019.
It shall be unlawful for the operator of any motor vehicle to park the same for more than two hours on the following ways:
During the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the east side of the road from a point 135 feet from the northeast corner of the intersection of Weston Avenue and Main Street; thence commencing northerly to the south corner of the intersection of Weston Avenue and Heald Street. This section of this chapter shall not apply during snow emergencies.
Municipal Parking Lot, South Maple Street.
During the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., parking spaces numbered 1 through 55, as shown on the plan for Municipal Parking Lot, South Maple Street, dated August 1990.
Parking Lot Municipal Building, Weston Avenue.
Parking area between John Street and Thomas Street (ice rink).
It shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle to park the same on any way within the Town for a period of time longer than 30 minutes between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m. from the first day of November in any year to the first day of April in the following year.
It shall be unlawful for the operator of a motor vehicle to park in such a manner as to block the flow of other vehicles in a line of traffic except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a police officer or official traffic signs.
With the exception of emergency vehicles, it shall be unlawful for an operator of a motor vehicle to change lanes for the purpose of changing the direction of said vehicle from whence it is headed to the opposite direction. The above restriction applies to the following areas:
Beginning at Garden Street and thence commencing in a westerly direction to the Madison-Anson Town line.
Beginning at the intersection of Weston Avenue and Main Street and thence commencing in a northerly direction to the intersection of Weston Avenue and Park Street.
Except when necessary in obedience to traffic regulations or traffic signs or signals, the operator of a motor vehicle shall not park said motor vehicle along Main Street other than parallel with the curb or edge of the roadway, headed in the direction of traffic, with the motor vehicle within six inches of the curb or edge of such roadway and with a clear space of three feet left ahead and behind the same except where diagonal parking is provided. Where diagonal parking is permitted, motor vehicles shall park so as to be entirely within the marked-off or painted area.
It shall be unlawful for an operator of a motor vehicle to park in a handicap parking space, which vehicle does not bear a special registration place or placard issued under 29-A M.R.S.A. § 521, or similar plate issued by another state.
Double parking on any way is prohibited at all times except in cases of vehicle loading and unloading when the vehicle is unable to park next to the curb due to the presence of a second vehicles.
It shall be unlawful for any person or corporation engaged in the garage, repair or automobile service business to park any motor vehicle in a street or highway for the purposes of assembling, dismantling or repairing any vehicle.
It shall be unlawful for an operator of a noncommercial motor vehicle to park within the following designated areas:
From 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the west side of Madison Avenue; beginning at the northerly corner of the intersection of Main Street and Madison Avenue; thence commencing in a northerly direction a distance of 90 feet.
Editor’s Note: Former Subsection A(2), Main Street, was repealed 6-10-2019.
Commercial operators may use these areas for loading and unloading of merchandise only. No commercial vehicle shall be permitted to park more than two hours or overnight in said areas.
It shall be unlawful for an operator of a motor vehicle to park within a distance of 15 feet from any corner of an intersection in Town. It shall be unlawful for an operator of a motor vehicle to park said vehicle within a distance of 15 feet from a hydrant. It shall be unlawful for an operator of a motor vehicle to park in front of all driveway entrances, and 10 feet to either side.
It shall be unlawful for an operator of a motor vehicle to park the same or a portion of the same on a sidewalk, crosswalk or within an intersection.
Local law enforcement may cause any motor vehicle parked in violation of this chapter to be removed at the expense of the owner of the vehicle. This section may be enforced in addition to other penalty provisions provided hereinafter.
In an emergency, law enforcement, the Fire Chief and/or the Road Commissioner may impose a parking ban on designated streets or may waive the prohibition of parking on designated streets on a temporary basis. The Selectmen may prohibit parking on a designated street or may waive the prohibition of parking on designated streets for a period not to exceed three months. For details on road postings and seasonal closings see the Roads and Highways Ordinance (Chapter 694).
It shall be unlawful for an operator of a motor vehicle to enter the limits of an intersection designated as a "yield intersection" without first yielding the right-of-way to all vehicles and pedestrians approaching from either direction.
The operator of a motor vehicle facing a traffic control signal exhibiting the word "Stop" or the color "red" shall bring his vehicle to a complete stop, and shall not proceed until said traffic control signal exhibits the word "Go" or the color "green" except when directed otherwise by state law or by a police officer. The following intersections shall have traffic signals:
It shall be unlawful for an operator of a motor vehicle to enter the limits of an intersection designated as a stop intersection without first bringing the vehicle to a full stop and yielding the right-of-way to all vehicles or pedestrians approaching from either direction, except when the operator is otherwise directed by a police officer.
Designated stop intersections are as follows:
It shall be unlawful for the operator of a motor vehicle to drive in a northerly direction on the alleyway from the Municipal Parking Lot behind R.H. Renys at the rear of buildings towards Main Street.
A person who violates any provision of this chapter may be subject to having the vehicle removed in accordance with § 399-20.
Local law enforcement will enforce the terms, conditions and fines clearly marked on signage at or near a location where parking is prohibited in part or entirely.
Parking fines are set at the discretion of the Madison Select Board.
If a vehicle is unlawfully parked in violation of the provision of this chapter, this shall be prima facie evidence of the unlawful parking of such vehicle by the person in whose name such vehicle is registered.
In the event of a dispute over enforcement of the provisions of this chapter, the Town Manager or their designee shall serve as arbitrator for contested cases.