Higher parking fines are in effect in downtown North Adams.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Watch your meters — the new parking fines are in effect in North Adams beginning this week.
The new schedule of fines approved by the City Council in June were awaiting the arrival of ticket books to begin the implementation of fees expected to raise another $54,000 a year in revenue.
A parking ticket for overstaying your welcome at an expired meter has doubled from $5 — what it's been for years — to $10. Demand notices for ticket scofflaws will add $10 if not paid in 21 days and an additional $10 if paid after the violation has been reported to the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Another $5 late fee will be imposed after 45 days.
The city began installing new digital meters last fall that upped the parking fees from a nickel or dime to 25 cents an hour for no more than two hours. Vehicles must be moved at least five spaces after the initial two hours to avoid a parking fine of $10.
The new fines range from $10 to $300 for parking in a handicapped spot without permit. Leaving your keys in the car or the motor running is $15 a piece; parking in a fire lane will get you a $30 fine and within 5 feet of a hydrant, $15.
The bulk of the fines are $15 to $20, largely for parking in inappropriate places such as sidewalks, intersections, tow-away zones and private driveways. Winter parking that impedes snow removal is $30.
Parking meters in the downtown are in effect daily, except Sundays and holidays, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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