Police towed 154 vehicles, had 209 moved and 231 others were ticketed.
BROCKTON — City residents had six hours to move their vehicles off the streets, then got a warning as towing began on their road, but more than 150 still had to be towed.
Mayor Bill Carpenter said Brockton police towed 154 vehicles that were impeding snow plow operations during Tuesday's nor'easter.
In addition, 231 other vehicles were ticketed and another 209 vehicles were moved by owners at the request of police.
"We prefer to get the car moved and tow as a last resort," Carpenter told The Enterprise Wednesday. "The cruiser has its blue lights always flashing and beeps its horn to try to alert the car owner."
In some cases, tow trucks are called to remove vehicles, but owners come out in the meantime.
"It usually takes the tow truck 20 minutes to arrive, so the owner has an opportunity to move it," he said.
The city has a winter parking ban that prohibits overnight parking on many streets, but Tuesday's snow emergency doesn't allow for any street parking.
"This is critically important on narrow streets where fire engines or ambulances may not have enough room to get through," Carpenter said.
The first warning of a likely snow emergency was posted on social media about 2 p.m., Monday. The official snow emergency, which was from 10 p.m. Monday to 4 p.m., Tuesday, was declared about 4 p.m. Monday.
Police did not start towing vehicles until midnight, despite the emergency being in effect two hours earlier.
The city provided seven parking lots across Brockton in which residents could move their vehicles to for free to avoid being towed.
The tow numbers from Winter Storm Skylar were much higher than when a snow emergency was declared for an early January storm, in which 55 vehicles were towed.
If your vehicle was towed, you must first call the Brockton Police Department at 508-941-0200 to find out which lot your car was taken to. The owner must give police their name, a description of the vehicle and the street it was parked on before being towed.
The standard fee, which is set by the state, is $108 for a tow and $35 per day for storage at the tow yard.
"Every effort is made to allow car owners to move their car, but if they don’t, we have to clear the streets for everyone’s safety," Carpenter said.