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  • Acts
  • 2002
  • Chapter 285 AN ACT AUTHORIZING AN INCREASE IN PARKING FINES IN THE CITY OF SOMERVILLE.

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. The first paragraph of clause (a) of section 3 of chapter 397 of the acts of 1978, as amended by chapter 38 of the acts of 1988, is hereby further amended by striking out, in line 2, the words "not inconsistent with general law" and inserting in place thereof the following words:- in a manner consistent with the General Laws.

SECTION 2. Said first paragraph of said clause (a) of said section 3 of said chapter 397, is hereby further amended by striking out the third and fourth sentences and inserting in place thereof the following 3 sentences:- The traffic commission may, with the approval of the mayor and board of aldermen, prescribe fines for violations of rules or regulations adopted under this chapter excluding snow emergency parking violations as described in this paragraph; provided, however, that no penalty in excess of $30 shall be imposed except by ordinance. The traffic commission may, with the approval of the mayor and the board of aldermen, prescribe a schedule of fines for the following snow emergency parking violations: parking within 20 feet of an intersection, parking within the area of a fire hydrant and parking within designated fire lanes; provided, however, that no penalty in excess of $50 shall be imposed except by ordinance. A penalty imposed under this section may, if provided in the regulations imposing penalties, be increased by up to 17 per cent if paid later than 21 days after the issuance of a notice of a parking violation but before the parking clerk reports to the registrar in accordance with section 20A> of chapter 90 of the General Laws and 67 per cent if paid thereafter.

SECTION 3. Clause (f) of said section 3 of said chapter 397 is hereby amended by striking out, in line 16, the words "section twenty C of chapter ninety" and inserting in place thereof the following words:- section 20A½ of chapter 90.

Approved August 21, 2002.