Revere residents who own businesses outside the city will now be able to park their commercial vehicles in Revere without fear of getting fined. Last week, the Traffic Commission approved the ordinance change proposed by Ward 3 Councillor Anthony Cogliandro.
“There are business owners outside the city who have their vehicles registered at their houses, so we are getting the excise tax already, but unfortunately, because the business is not in Revere, they are being ticketed $50,” said Cogliandro. “I believe we should strike section one so it doesn’t matter where the business is, as long as there is a valid business.”
If the commercial vehicles are registered to someone’s home, they should be able to park there, Cogliandro said.
“Nothing else changes – the size of the vehicle, one vehicle per household – these things are not going to change,” said Cogliandro. “Also, on another note, this will bring in more revenue for the city. The commercial fee, I believe, is $420 per year for a commercial parking sticker, so we will get more applications and we will be able to limit it to one per household.”
Parking Director Zachary Babo said he supports the change with one minor addition. “I believe there should be some language implemented to prove that it is a valid business, [such as] an insurance policy, like some of the other local cities,” said Babo. “I don’t believe just a registration is enough.”
The Traffic Commission approved Cogliandro’s proposal, along with Babo’s recommendation that there is some documentation that there is a legal business attached to the commercial vehicle with the license.
In other business, the commission approved allowing area residents with parking stickers to use the McKinley School parking lot during non-school hours. The commission also approved a request by Ward 6 Councillor Richard Serino to make Malden Street southwesterly from Washington Avenue to Newhall Street a no parking anytime area. In a letter to the commission, Serino said the uptick in parking along the stretch has created a hazard for drivers.