City of Somerville

Agenda Item
Ordinance Ordained.
Jun 23, 2011 7:00 PM

Requesting an amendment to Ordinance 1-11(b) regarding the Traffic and Parking Regulations penalties for violations for Expired Vehicle Registrations and Inspections.


Department:Traffic & ParkingSponsors:
Category:Mayor's RequestPurposes:Ordinance


  1. Proposed Amendment - SCO - 6-10-11
  2. Final Approved Ordinance-Inspection & Registration fines (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)

Official Text

To the Honorable Board:


I hereby request your consideration of amending the current City of Somerville City Ordinances, Chapter 1 - General Provisions, Section 1-11 Penalties and Violations, “Traffic and Parking Regulations”, by inserting the following language at the end of the existing table:


·              Invalid or expired registration plate              $50              Police; Traffic and Parking

·              Invalid or expired inspection sticker              $50              Police; Traffic and Parking


In an effort to improve our allocation of resources, we request to allow Parking Control Officers (PCO's) to issue two (2) additional violations; 1) expired vehicle registration, and 2) expired vehicle inspection.  Previously, this has solely been a function of the Somerville Police Department. 


Matt Dias, the Acting Director of Traffic and Parking, is available to answer any questions you may have.


Respectfully submitted,


Joseph A. Curtatone


Meeting History

Jun 13, 2011 6:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Special Meeting
Jun 22, 2011 6:00 PM  Legislative Matters Committee Committee of the Whole
draft Draft

Alderman Sullivan was recused from this portion of the meeting.

Mr. Dias explained the proposal and assured the members that efforts would be taken to advise residents of this new policy in advance of its implementation. It has been projected that these new fines would bring in approximately $940,000 per year. Mr. Dias noted that there was a typographical error on the item’s attachment, i.e., the correct amount of the fine is $50, (not $25 as shown on the attachment).

Mr. Grossfield told the members that since state regulations don’t mention these offenses as moveable offenses, they would not be surchargable. Deputy Police Chief Upton stated that the city collects $20,000 to $30,000 per month as its share from the state as a result of moving violations. Since these new fines would not be for moving violations, the city is entitled to retain the full amount of the fines.

Alderman Trane requested clarification as to whether the offenses would be surchargable, if written by a Parking Control Officer.

Jun 23, 2011 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting

AMENDED: That the fine for each violation shall be $50, not $25.

CONDITION: That no fine shall be issued until 72 hours after the expiration of the vehicle inspection sticker.

AYES:John M. Connolly, Bruce M. Desmond, William A. White Jr., William M. Roche, Maryann M. Heuston, Thomas F. Taylor, Rebekah L. Gewirtz, Robert C. Trane
ABSENT:Dennis M. Sullivan, Walter F. Pero, Sean T. O’Donovan