SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) — There’s very few legitimate excuses, at least in Springfield, to not be aware that there is an active parking ban in effect. From blinking blue lights to notices online, on the radio, and on television, there are reminders just about everywhere. Still, it never fails where there are parking bans, there are also violators, who face steep fines for not following the rules.
“I could work up to 24 hours, maybe more than that,” CJ’s Towing driver Andrew Brasin said.
“The DPW, they go around and any streets that they are plowing at the moment. When there’s cars on both sides, they call in for the police to come in,” Nick from CJ’s Towing said.
When DPW launches into plowing mode, specially designated police officers drive each Springfield street with their lights on, giving one final warning for drivers to move their cars before it’s time for action. Then, officers leave $15 parking ban tickets on violators cars and call CJ’s Towing, where more than a dozen drivers are waiting to be dispatched. ABC40 rode along with Brasin Wednesday night.
“Give me a flatbed down Liberty, and make a right on Murray Hill,” a dispatcher on the road with the police said over the company’s two-way radios. “It’s going to be a van, a white van with a front with a front wheel drive behind it. There’s a couple trash barrels. I’m going to get out to move them.”
Within minutes, Brasin was there. And it only took Brasin five minutes to tow the white van. His second mission was to also pick up an Acura parked behind it, but the driver of that car heard the commotion outside and by literally seconds avoided a costly mistake. Anywhere between $175-$225 in fees must be paid before cars are released from CJ’s Towing massive lot on Pasco Road.
“You just come down here and you know the registered owners come down, we release the vehicle,” Nick explained
Many of them, he noted, are often not thrilled with their costly wintertime reminder.
“Some people are pretty cool and they know ‘Ohh I mean I really messed up,’ and some people just, they don’t think they did wrong,” he said.
To avoid being one of those people, simply follow the parking ban: no parking on even side of street 7PM-7AM. No parking on odd side
Friday from 9AM-4PM.