Parking meter next to hydrant causes confusion in Amherst

AMHERST, Msas. (WWLP) – You’re not allowed to park within 10 feet of a fire hydrant In Massachusetts. A 22News viewer sent in a picture of a parking meter just inches from a fire hydrant in Amherst.

We saw two meters right next to fire hydrants on Spring Street alone. We asked the town whether drivers can still park there, and they said as long as there’s a meter, and it hasn’t run out, you won’t get a ticket.

We spoke to Amherst Treasurer Claire McGinnis about this specific spot, and she told 22News it’s the first time she’s heard of it.

In Amherst, you could be fined $35 dollars for parking within 10 feet of a fire hydrant, but that doesn’t include hydrants next to metered parking spots.

“It’s common sense that if there’s a meter, that sounds like it’s legal to park there, regardless of the fact that there’s a hydrant there,” said Mark Sherry of Holyoke. “I would just think that it’s totally fine.”

McGinnis said as long as firefighters can reach the hydrant from a different angle, the parking spot shouldn’t be a problem. She also said if the town thought the meter could potentially block a fire truck, it would be removed.

22News will continue to follow this story.

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