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Waltham Lifts Overnight Parking Ban, For Now

The Traffic Commission is leaning toward permanently abolishing the overnight parking ban.

The overnight parking ban in Waltham has been lifted, at least until May, according to the Traffic Commission.

At its Dec. 19 meeting, the commission voted to stop enforcing the ban until its May meeting when it plans to revisit the issue, according to Traffic Commission Chairman Frank Lombardo. The commission, he said, is leaning toward permanently abolishing the overnight parking ban, Lombardo told Waltham Patch.

The parking ban typically prohibits cars from parking on most city streets between 2 and 6 a.m. 

Lombardo cited more mild winter weather among several reason for lifting the ban. 

Despite the moratorium, motorists are still required to leave at least 10 feet of road open to allow emergency vehicles to pass through, Lombardo said. Violators of that rule are subject to a $25 fine, he said. 

Also, motorists must still follow the on-street parking prohibition imposed during snow emergencies, Lombardo said. Violators of the snow emergency parking ban are subject to being towed. 

The moratorium came as Fire Chief Paul Ciccone and Acting Police Chief Keith MacPherson told the commission lifting the ban would be possible as long as roads were properly cleared during inclement weather, Lombardo said. Consolidated Public Works Director Michael Chiasson agreed with the idea, Lombardo said. 

Stay tuned for more details on this story. 

Gone4Now January 04, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Dec 19th
arlene zanco January 04, 2013 at 09:10 PM
i live in garden crest appartments and everyone parked on the streets durring the snow emergancy. no one enforced it over here. its sad to say we have rules for a reason and no one follows it. like snow removal on side walks. no one does that eather.
moe howard January 05, 2013 at 12:51 AM
Arlene, not the city's fault. Talk to garden crest management.
BetGR January 05, 2013 at 02:00 PM
I agree -the roads here are fine - but it is impossible on the sidewalks.
arlene zanco January 05, 2013 at 02:02 PM
i did the garden crest told me it was up to the city.so blames the other and nothing gets done.
Robert G. Logan January 05, 2013 at 06:27 PM
The City is responsible for towing on public ways during declared snow emergencies. (I believe the strets in Gardencrest are in fact public ways.) While I am advocating for the elimination of the overnight parking ban, I am also pushing for stricter enforcement and more aggressive towing during declared snow emergencies. FYI - they didn't tow on my street either, and the result was a mess.
TheHam January 07, 2013 at 08:56 PM
It's for the protection of the violator, not the violated- a current trend in MA.

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