Archive for July, 2009

No Wake Enforcement on Lower Mystic Lake

July 23, 2009

Our office has been hearing a great deal about the lack of enforcement of the “No Wake” policy on Lower Mystic Lake.  Naturally, this “No Wake” policy is in place for a reason and is a matter of public safety.  Enforcement of the policy falls under the jurisdiction of the State Marine Police who have stated they are increasing efforts.  This unit is working with limited resources and also patrols Boston Harbor, the Charles, and Mystic River.  For them to get to Lower Mystic river they must trailer the boats and re-launch them in the lake.  With that being said, they are actively working to show a greater presence on the lake and furthermore, are actively enforcing the “No Wake” policy, as I am to believe they are currently there now.  Last night, State Marine Police wrote three citations on Lower Mystic Lake and have promised to continue strong enforcement efforts. 

Along with this strengthened effort, we have contacted DCR to try for increased signage and awareness.  Increased enforcement and awareness are the initial steps we are taking to try and curb this problem.  If we do not see a change in compliance with this policy we will work to find an alternate solution.  You feedback is greatly appreciated.

Important changes to scooter registration to take effect 7/31/2009

July 23, 2009

On July 31, 2009 the law regarding scooter registration, insurance, and parking are set to change.  This law only pertains to limited use vehicles and not Low Speed Vehicles.  Information from the Registry has been posted below for your convienence.  If any information about this law changes we will post updates here, and if there are other questions about whether or not your scooter qualifies please contact our office, 617-722-2400.

There are only 2 definitions a Motorized Bicycle, a Moped and a motorcycle. The motorized bicycle has a motor capacity of not more than 50cc, an automatic transmission and cannot travel at a speed in excess of 30 mph. If it has a speed of greater that 30 mph and has not been certified by its manufacturer as a motorcycle with NHTSA, it cannot be registered and legally operated on the roads of the Commonwealth. If the vehicle has been certified by the manufacturer with NHTSA as a motorcycle and the speed is greater than 30 mph but less than 41 mph it is a Limited Use motorcycle.

 If the vehicle has been certified by the manufacturer with NHTSA as a motorcycle and the speed is 41 mph or greater it will be registered as a regular motorcycle.

 

 

Low Speed Vehicle (LSV)

A “low speed vehicle” is any . . .

  • 4-wheeled motor vehicle that . . .

o  has a 17-digit VIN

o  has been issued a Certificate of Origin

o  has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of less than 3,000 pounds

o  has a top speed greater than 20 mph but not greater than 25 mph, and

o  is National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)-certified as a “Low Speed Vehicle,” demonstrated by . . .

§ The Certificate of Origin listing the body style or body type as “LSV” or “Low Speed Vehicle”

§ The Manufacturer’s Certification Label posted on the vehicle containing the VIN and indicating the TYPE of vehicle as a “Low Speed Vehicle.”

This group includes neighborhood electric vehicles and speed-modified golf carts with top speeds greater than 20 mph but not greater than 25 mph.

Operating a Low Speed Vehicle

1.   To be operated on a public way, LSVs must be registered, titled, insured, and inspected.  If an electrical motor or batteries solely power the vehicle, no emissions test is required.  If, however, the LSV is liquid-fueled, the emissions test is required.

2.   Low speed vehicles are prohibited from “limited access” and “express state highways” and any portion of other roads where the speed limit exceeds 30 mph.  They may also be prohibited from other highly-trafficked areas due to their inherent speed limitations.

3.   Low speed vehicles, unlike other passenger plate vehicles, may bear commercial lettering, and may be used for commercial purposes.  These vehicles do not require commercial plates.

 

Limited Use Vehicle (LUV)

A “limited use vehicle” is any vehicle . . .

  • that has been certified by the manufacturer to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) for that particular class of vehicle (e.g. passenger, motorcycle, truck, etc.), and
  • whose speed on the paved level surface can exceed 30 miles per hour but is not capable of exceeding 40 miles per hour.

Operating a Limited Use Vehicle

1.    To be operated on a public way, LUVs must be registered, titled, insured, and inspected.  If an electrical motor or batteries solely power the vehicle, no emissions test is required.  If, however, the LUV is liquid-fueled, the emissions test is required.

2.    Limited use vehicles are prohibited from “limited access” and “express state highways,” and any portion of other roads where the speed limit exceeds 40 mph.  They may also be prohibited from other heavily-trafficked areas, due to their inherent speed limitations.

 

Operating a Limited Use Vehicle

1.    To be operated on a public way, LUVs must be registered, titled, insured, and inspected.  If an electrical motor or batteries solely power the vehicle, no emissions test is required.  If, however, the LUV is liquid-fueled, the emissions test is required.

2.    Limited use vehicles are prohibited from “limited access” and “express state highways,” and any portion of other roads where the speed limit exceeds 40 mph.  They may also be prohibited from other heavily-trafficked areas, due to their inherent speed limitations.

Sean Fighting MBTA Cuts

July 17, 2009

The MBTA has proposed three different options to solve their debt problems. One of their proposals involves a rate hike for fares, another involves cutting routes, and the final option involves a mixture of the two. Representative Garballey strongly opposes cutting routes because of how it would affect everyday travel for so many of people across the commonwealth. Bus Routes 350, 62/76, 78, 79, 326 and 95 from his district would be directly cut, posing a great strain on many. As always Sean would like to hear your opinion on the topic, so feel free to post, email, or call.

There will be public workshops throughout August, including one in the State House on Monday, August 10th in the Gardner Auditorium from 4-7 P.M. Also, there will be one public hearing on August 27th at the State Transportation Building from 5:30-7:30 P.M. For a full listing of the public workshops please contact the MBTA at 617-222-3200 or mbta.com.

Needham pharmacies to stop selling tobacco

July 16, 2009

Needham’s Board of Health has voted to prohibit the sale of tobacco products in its pharmacies.   Rep. Garballey has filed similar legislation this session, HB 1072, which was heard last month before the Joint Committee on Public Health.  Our post from that hearing can be found here

This ruling makes Needham the third municipality in Massachusetts to pass such a ban, following Uxbridge and Boston. 

Click here to check out the full story from the Globe.

Estimates from Local Meals Tax released

July 15, 2009

The legislature approved a measure allowing municipalities to raise the meals tax by .75%. The revenue generated from this increase would go directly to the city or town that produced it.  Below are two estimates from Arlington and Medford if the local meals tax was adopted and in place on October 1, 2009.

Meals Tax Estimates

These estimates vary drastically due to their different methods.  It is also important to note that the increased local option meals tax must be adopted by the municipality.

Estimates provided by Department of Revenue.  Special thanks to Chairman Kaufman and Chairman Donato for providing us with this information.