Parking Ticket Violations

 The following is a listing of all the parking tickets violations, their fees, and an explanation of each violation.
  • Meter $25.00

    Regulation: Section 16.14 (a) of the Cambridge Traffic, Parking & Transportation Regulations states in part “No person shall park a vehicle in any such parking space alongside of and next to which parking meter has been installed and said meter has been placed in operation."

    Reason for Regulation: Meters are placed throughout the City, primarily in business areas to create short term parking. LUKE Machines are placed in Lot 2, 14, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and the Library Garage as well as on Church Street, Plympton Street and Linden Street. Lots 2, 4, 5 and 6 are pay by space, the others are pay and display.

  • B1 Bicycle Lane $35.00

    Regulation: Section 14.1, “STOPPING, STANDING AND PARKING PROHIBITED” paragraph (a) reads: "(10) On the roadway in a manner that will obstruct fully or partially any Bicycle Lane or Bicycle Facility."

    Reason for Regulation: To ensure the safety of the cyclist using the bicycle lane. When the lane is obstructed, the cyclist is forced to leave the lane and turn in the street which may cause injury or death to the cyclist.

  • B10 Not in Marked Space $25.00

    Regulation: Section 16.14 (c) of the Cambridge Traffic, Parking & Transportation Regulations states in part “No person shall park a vehicle …. so that any part of such vehicle occupies more than one such space or protrudes beyond the markings designating such space.”

    Reason for Regulation: Currently parking meter spaces are marked at 20 feet. Older spaces may be larger. Sometimes two small vehicles may fit in one space but cannot legally do so by law.  Generally, “tandem” parking will cause all vehicles in the block to be offset from their meter.

  • B11 Over 1 ft. from curb $25.00

    Regulation: Section 13.1 (a) of the Cambridge Traffic, Parking & Transportation Regulations states in part “Every person stopping or parking upon a roadway shall so stop or park with both wheels… within 12 inches of the curb or edge of the roadway”.

    Section 13.1 (b) states in part “…signed for angle parking… with one wheel within 12 inches from curb.”

    Section 13.1.c states in part “Upon any street… where snow, ice, debris, or other obstruction prevents the parking of a vehicle with the wheels more than 12 inches from the curb shall be considered in violation…” 

    Reason for Regulation: Vehicles parked too far from the curb create a traffic safety hazard because they reduce the width of the roadway available to moving vehicles.

  • B12 Overtime-Time Limit Parking $25.00

    Regulation: Section 16.14 (c) of the Cambridge Traffic, Parking & Transportation Regulations states in part “No person shall park a vehicle in any such parking meter space for a consecutive period of time longer than that limited period of time irrespective of the number or amounts of the coins deposited.”

    Reason for Regulations: Meter time limits are set based on the adjacent land use (i.e., shorter time limit for dry cleaners and banks, longer time limit for restaurants and shops). Time limits are used to generate turnover and create parking opportunities for other vehicles.

    Meter feeding is the act of periodically returning to a meter to deposit additional coins to extend the time beyond the legal limit. If motorists feed the meter, they are denying others the opportunity to park there. 

  • C4 Restricted (No Parking) $25.00

    Regulation: The standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, otherwise than temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading, or in obedience to an officer or traffic signs and signals or while making emergency repairs or, if disabled, while arrangements are being made to move such vehicle.

    Reason for Regulation: To prevent parking at the curb, but allow drop-off and pick-up or loading activity. Sign will say “No Parking”.

  • C5 Wrong Direction Parking $25.00

    Regulation: Section 13.2 (a) of the Cambridge Traffic, Parking & Transportation Regulations states that “Persons shall park in the direction of the flow of traffic pertaining to that side of the street on which the vehicle is parked.”

    Section 13.2 (b) of the Cambridge Traffic, Parking & Transportation Regulations states in part that "...Where angle parking is permitted or in public off-street lots, ...the front or rear of the vehicle [must face] into the curb or island as posted."

    Reason for Regulation: Vehicles parked against the traffic flow cause a safety hazard when they cross the centerline to enter and exit the parking space.

  • C6 Storage (over 24 hours) $25.00

    Regulation: Section 14.5 (c) of the Cambridge Traffic, Parking & Transportation Regulations states in part “…No person shall park a vehicle upon any roadway for the principal purpose of storage.  Parking or leaving a motor vehicle… without moving it from the place where it was parked for a period of more than 24 hours, shall be deemed to be storage and a violation of this section, except for a motor vehicle displaying a valid Resident Parking Permit … and parked in a permit parking area….”

    Reason for Regulation: Only vehicles with resident permits are allowed to park on the street for more than 24 hours. Abandoned or inoperable vehicles parked on City streets occupy valuable parking space. These vehicles also present health and safety hazards to the residents and the public.

  • D1 No Standing Area $25.00

    Regulation: No standing means the halting of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, otherwise than for the purpose of, and while actually engaged in receiving or discharging passengers.

    Reason for Regulation: No standing means that a vehicle can pull to the curb momentarily to pick up or discharge a passenger. Commercial vehicles can not load or unload in a “No Standing” area.  Vehicles are not permitted to park, occupied or not in a “No Standing” zone. 

  • D10 Less than 10 ft. from lane $30.00

    Regulation: Section 14.1 (b) (9) of the Cambridge Traffic, Parking & Transportation Regulations states in part  “No person shall stop, stand, or park a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except to momentarily pick up of discharge a passenger upon a street … as to leave available less than 10 feet of the width of the roadway for free movement of vehicular traffic.”

    Reason for Regulation: This regulation is used to prevent vehicles from blocking the travel lane.

  • D2 Driveway, Alley Obstruction $25.00

    Regulation: Section 14.1 (b) (3) of the Cambridge Traffic, Parking & Transportation Regulations states in part  “…no person shall stand or park in a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except to momentarily pick-up or discharge a passenger in front of a public or private driveway, private road, private way, or public alley.”

    Section 14.5 (c) of the Cambridge Traffic, Parking & Transportation Regulations states in part “…no person shall stand or park in a vehicle,  whether occupied or not, except to momentarily pick-up or discharge a passenger … in such a position as to block the driveway entrance to any abutting property.

    Section 14.2 (c) In front of or within three feet of the end of a curb-cut of any public or private driveway without signage and greater than three feet with proper signage if in the opinion of the Traffic Director or designee that additional space is required to ensure adequate unobstructed access. 

    Reason for Regulation: Residential and commercial properties with driveways are entitled to clear access to their driveways. Vehicles parked across the driveway impede access and those parked too close to the driveway create safety hazards to vehicles entering or exiting the driveway. Vehicles parked in an alley may prevent fire and medical emergency equipment from responding in a timely manner to an emergency.

  • D3 Within 20 ft. of Intersection $25.00

    Regulation: Section 14.1 (b) (5) of the Cambridge Traffic, Parking & Transportation Regulations states in part “no person shall stand or park a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except to momentarily pick up or discharge a passenger within 20 feet of an intersection.”

    Reason for Regulation: Parking is restricted at intersections to maintain sight distance so that motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists approaching the intersection can see each other. Allow emergency vehicles access to the street. Allow snow to be pushed back from corners. Allow trucks (trash, plow, street sweeper, heating oil etc.) to safely turn the corner.

  • D6 Taxi Stand $25.00

    Regulation: Section 15.5 (b) of the Cambridge Traffic Parking and Transportation Regulations states: “No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle other than a taxicab in a taxicab stand… except that the driver of a passenger vehicle may temporarily stop therein for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading and unloading passengers when such stopping does not interfere with any taxicab waiting to enter or about to enter such zone.”

    Reason for Regulation: Taxi Stands are located near hotels, bus and train stations and other locations where passenger demand is heavy. Taxi Stands are signed with the number of taxis allowed at the stand.

  • E14 Other $25.00

    Infrequently used for Parking Regulation violations not specifically listed on the parking ticket.

  • E15 Loading Zone $40.00

    Regulation: Section 15.2 (a) states in part “…no person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle …other than for the expeditious unloading and delivery or pickup and loading of materials in any place marked as a curb loading zone. Vehicles must display a commercial license plate and be actively loading or unloading.  In no case shall the stop…exceed thirty minutes.”

    Section 15.2 (b states in part “…the driver of a passenger license plate vehicle may stop temporarily …for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading and unloading of passengers or materials when such stopping does not interfere with any motor vehicle used for the transportation of materials which is waiting to enter or about to enter such zone. In no case shall the stop…exceed fifteen minutes.”

    Reason for Regulation: The economic health of commercial enterprises relies on their ability to get goods and services to sell. Loading Zones are created so that commercial vehicles can park long enough to make deliveries. Loading Zones also allow commercial vehicles to pull to the curb so that traffic flow is not interrupted. 

    Loading Zones are for public use and are not for the exclusive use of adjacent businesses.

  • E16 Safety Zone or Island $30.00

    Regulation: Section 14.1 (a) (3) of the Cambridge Traffic Parking & Transportation Regulations states in part "…no person shall stop a vehicle on a safety zone or channelizing island.”

    Section 14.1 (a) (7) of the Cambridge Traffic, Parking & Transportation Regulations states in part "…no person shall stop a vehicle adjacent to a safety zone, median island, traffic island or channelizing island.”

    Reason for Regulation: A safety zone is an area or space officially set apart within a roadway for the exclusive use of pedestrians. A channelizing island is a traffic island located to guide traffic streams along certain definite paths. Vehicles stopping, standing or parking in or on these areas create safety hazards to pedestrians and traffic.

  • E17 Within Intersection $30.00

    Regulation: Section 14.1 (a) (2) of the Cambridge Traffic Parking and Transportation Regulations states in part “…no person shall stop a vehicle with an intersection.”

    Reason for Regulation: An intersection is defined as the area embraced within the extensions of the lateral curb lines, or if there are no curbs, then the lateral boundary lines, of the intersecting streets.

    Vehicles stopping, standing or parking in an intersection create a traffic hazard.

  • E19 Bus Stop $100.00

    Regulation: Section 15.5 (a) of the Cambridge Traffic, Parking & Transportation Regulations states in part: “No person shall stop, stand, or park a vehicle, other than a bus in a bus stand or bus stop … except that the driver of a passenger vehicle may temporarily stop therein for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading and unloading passengers when such stopping does not interfere with any bus waiting to enter or about to enter such zone.

    Reason for Regulation: Buses must be able to pull to the curb to facilitate access for persons with disabilities.

  • E6 Safety Zone/Island $30.00

    A safety zone is an area or space officially set apart within a roadway for the exclusive use of pedestrians. A channelizing island is a traffic island located to guide traffic streams along certain definite paths. Vehicles stopping, standing or parking in or on these areas create safety hazards to pedestrians and traffic.

    Any vehicle stopping on or next to any marked or signed safety zone or median strip or island will be ticketed. 

  • F1 Hydrant within 10 ft. $55.00

    Regulation: Section 14.1 (b) (4) of the Cambridge Traffic Parking and Transportation Regulations states in part”…no person shall stand or park a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except to momentarily pick up or discharge a passenger within 10 feet of a fire hydrant.”

    Reason for Regulation: The area around a fire hydrant must be kept clear for fire department access in the event of an emergency. Vehicles parked illegally on or near a fire hydrant create a serious public safety hazard.

    Enforcement Policy: Tag all vehicles parked within 10 feet of a fire hydrant.

    Distance is measured from the center of the fire hydrant.

  • F2 Fire Lane $50.00

    Regulation: Section 14.7(d) of the Cambridge Traffic Parking and Transportation Regulations states in part …”Fire Lane upon any public… or private way when requested by the Fire Chief for the purpose to maintain a safe and adequate access for emergency vehicles.” Street (public or private) must be signed.

    Reason for Regulation: This is the only time we can regulate private as well as public ways. The regulation is necessary to maintain safe access for emergency vehicles on narrow streets.

  • F3 Crosswalk $35.00

    Regulation: Section 14.1 (b) (2) of the Cambridge Traffic, Parking & Transportation Regulations states in part”… no person shall stand or park a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except to momentarily pick up or discharge a passenger on a crosswalk.”

    Section 14.1 (b) (6) of the Cambridge Traffic, Parking & Transportation Regulations states in part”…no person shall stand or park a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except to momentarily pick up or discharge a passenger within 20 feet of a crosswalk, on the side from which traffic approaches when properly sign posted.”

    Reason for Regulation: Vehicles blocking a crosswalk, in whole or in part, create a safety hazard for pedestrians causing them to walk in the street or near moving traffic to cross the street or get to the sidewalk. Vehicles parked too close to the approach side of the crosswalk reduce the sight distance of both pedestrians trying to cross the street and oncoming traffic.

  • F4 Sidewalk $35.00

    Regulation: Section 14.1 (a) (9) of the Cambridge Traffic, Parking & Transportation Regulations states in part “…no person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle on a sidewalk.

    Reason for Regulation: 

    • Vehicles parked on the sidewalk:
    • Endanger pedestrians when they are parking on or leaving the sidewalk
    • Force pedestrians to walk in the traffic lane to get around the parked vehicle
    • Obstruct clear passage for wheelchairs and baby strollers
    • Add infrastructure costs to the City for curb and sidewalk repair as a result of vehicles driving on the sidewalk.
  • F5 Double Stopping $35.00

    Regulation: Section 14.1 (a) (1) of the Cambridge Traffic Parking and Transportation Regulations states in part “…No person shall stop a vehicle on the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge of a curb.”

    Reason for Regulation: Double stopped or parked vehicles reduce the width of usable roadway and impede traffic flow. Double stopped or parked vehicles also block or endanger bicycle riders.

  • G3 HP/DV Parking Only $100.00

    Regulations: Section 16.3 (d) of the Cambridge Traffic Parking and Transportation Regulations states in part ”…no person shall park a vehicle at any time in any parking space…designated for Disabled Veterans and Persons with Disabilities unless said vehicle is owned and operated by a Disabled Veteran or by a Persons with Disabilities and bears a distinctive number plate or placard…or for any vehicle bearing the official identification of a handicapped person issued by another state.”

    Reason for Regulation: Parking spaces reserved for Disabled Veterans or Persons with Disabilities provide convenient access to commercial and residential properties. Unauthorized persons or vehicles parking in these reserved spaces deny access to those entitled to use the spaces.

  • G4 Disability Ramp $100.00

    Regulation: Section 14.1 (a) (8) of the Cambridge Traffic Parking and Transportation Regulations states in part ”…no person shall stop a vehicle in such a manner as to obstruct any curb ramp designed for use by Persons with Disabilities.”

    Reason for Regulation: Persons with disabilities using wheelchairs or other mobility assistance devices frequently are unable to negotiate a curb. Curb ramps are designed to enable disabled persons to move easily from the sidewalk to the street. Vehicles blocking the curb ramp, in whole or in part, restrict mobility and access of persons with disabilities.

  • NS1 No Stopping $40.00

    Regulation: When prohibited means any halting even momentarily of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a police officer or traffic-control sign or signal.

    Reason for Regulation: In areas signed for No Stopping, vehicles cannot stand, park, drop-off, pick up, or load. A single vehicle standing or parking in a No Stopping area closes the traffic lanes to moving traffic. No Stopping regulations are used where keeping the curb clear of vehicles is a high priority.

  • RP1 Resident Permit Only $30.00

    Regulation: Section 16.3 (c) of the Cambridge Traffic Parking and Transportation Regulations states in part ”…no person shall park a vehicle at any time upon any of the streets or sides thereof…without a Resident Parking Permit issued by the Traffic Director.”

    Reason for Regulation: Resident Only parking provides residents the opportunity to park in front of or near their homes and discourages commuters from using neighborhoods as a source of free parking.

  • S1 Street Cleaning $30.00

    Regulation: Section 16.7 of the Cambridge Traffic Parking and Transportation Regulations states in part ”…Parking prohibited where…where signs have been erected…for the purposes of facilitating the cleaning of the streets.”

    Reasons for Regulation: Street Cleaning regulations allow the ticketing and towing of vehicles to clear the street of parked vehicles so that mechanical street sweeping equipment can have clear access to the curb. Street Cleaning enhances the appearance of and quality of life in the City’s neighborhoods

  • S2 Snow Emergency $40.00

    Regulation:  Section 16.5 (b) of the Cambridge Traffic Parking and Transportation Regulations states in part “Whenever such an emergency is declared by the Traffic Director…no driver shall stand or park any vehicle with the limits of any designated and posted 'Emergency Artery'…”

    Section 16.6 (a) of the Cambridge Traffic Parking and Transportation Regulations states in part ”…no driver shall stand or park any vehicle on any street which is not posted as an emergency artery, on the side posted by such sign shall read: “No Parking During Snow Emergency.”

    Reason for Regulation:  Emergency Arteries must be kept clear during snow emergencies to ensure the safe movement of public safety vehicles plowing snow during threatening weather conditions.