My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Massachusetts
I received a parking ticket stating "Prohibited Area". I am attaching the diagram showing where my car was parked (https://ibb.co/frCJdFG). The reason I parked there was that there were cars, both on my left and on my right, I was traveling south, saw a parking line on the southern side, but did not see that there was no line on the northern side (another car on the left was close). The lot was full. The beach hours are 9-5, I arrived at 6 pm, the ticket was written at 6:40 pm on Sunday. I would like to contest it. Here are some thoughts:
1) There is no "no parking sign", there are no blocking white stripes, and there are no markings where the traffic lane behind it ends. If there were any markings I would certainly not parked there. Should the parking lot have "Prohibited area" marked somehow? Would it be reasonable to contest it base on insufficient markings? I certainty was confused by it. As a side note the lot does not have any 2-way or 1-way lane markings, which adds to the confusion.
2) Is possible to dismiss it based on MGL Chapter 90 Section 20A, which says "If it is the first violation subject to this section committed by such person in a particular city or town in the calendar year, the parking clerk shall dismiss the charge without the payment of any fine;" (https://malegislature.gov/Laws/Gener...r90/Section20A). I am confused because there are some towns that accept the provision 20A, and some other towns which accept provision 20A 1/2, which does not seem to have this clause. How do I know which one applies in my case, or should both apply?
3) I measured some distances and saw that the left-rear corner of my car was 28' away from the end of parking stalls on the opposite site. This is more than required for such a parking configuration (I believe it is 24' if both stalls are at 90 degrees and less if one or both stalls are at an angle; double row and one way isle at 45 degrees requires only 12' separation). So, I certainly was not obstructing anyone. (My car is only 13'2'') We have other parking lots, where some areas are marked with "no parking" signs (near doors, access ramps, etc.), but this area has no marking. Am I allowed to park in an unmarked area of a parking lot like this? In fact, there is a car on this google image parked inside the lot along the road at the Northern tip. Is he in violation?
Do you think this ticket could be dismissed?