DANVERS — The new winter parking ban system that goes into effect Jan. 1 is designed to keep roads clear of cars during snowstorms while lessening the hassle of finding off-street parking when there is no snow in the forecast.
Under the pilot program, residents with limited parking, such as those living downtown, will not longer face fines or being towed if they leave their cars out on the street overnight when there is no snow. If there is snow, however, residents must move their cars off-street and face fines and being towed if they don’t.
Selectmen voted Tuesday to move forward with the pilot program, a change from the town’s overnight winter parking ban which bans parking on the streets for more than one hour between 1 and 6 a.m. during the late fall, winter and early spring. The new winter parking ban only goes into effect when snow is about to blanket the region and crews are gearing up to plow. It will then be rescinded when a snow emergency is called off.
“It won’t be in place unless we let you know it’s in place,” said Assistant Town Manager Diane Norris of the parking ban.
The town plans to use a community notification system and two electronic message boards to get the word out about when an overnight parking ban will be in effect, in addition to newspapers, cable TV, a local radio station, the town’s website and social media. A second call and notification will be made when the parking ban is lifted. Norris said the town does not plan to install a blue light system of flashing lights to alert residents to the winter parking ban.
Under the pilot program, vehicles left on the street during a parking ban face a $15 parking ticket, and if towed out of the way, a $125 bill for towing and a $35 a day bill for storage.