Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
SECTION 1. Paragraph (b) of clause (23) of section 21 of chapter 40 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2000 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the last sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:- The cross hatch area abutting a handicapped parking space shall, for the purposes of this section, be considered a handicapped parking space.
SECTION 2. Clause (24) of said section 21 of said chapter 40, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out the second and third paragraphs and inserting in place thereof the following 2 paragraphs:-
An ordinance or by-law made under this section shall prohibit or regulate the leaving of unauthorized vehicles within parking spaces, including the cross hatch areas, designated for use by disabled veterans or handicapped persons as authorized by clause (23) or in such a manner as to obstruct a curb ramp designed for use by a handicapped person as a means of egress to a street or public way.
The penalty for a violation of an ordinance or by-law made under this section shall be not less than $100 nor more than $300 and shall provide for the removal of the vehicle in accordance with section 22D. This penalty shall not be a surchargeable offense under section 113B of chapter 175.