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Monday Breakdown -- Fire Lanes

August 18, 2013
  • Hagerstown City Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said that in the city, roadways at shopping centers are not required to be marked as fire lanes if the unobstructed width of the roadway is at least 20 feet, and the unobstructed vertical clearance of the roadway is at least 13 feet, 6 inches.
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A question was raised about why motorists are allowed to park their vehicles in fire lanes at shopping centers in Hagerstown.

In some cases, that might be because the areas do not have formal fire lanes.

Hagerstown City Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said that in the city, roadways at shopping centers are not required to be marked as fire lanes if the unobstructed width of the roadway is at least 20 feet, and the unobstructed vertical clearance of the roadway is at least 13 feet, 6 inches.

“On entrances and access roads to and from any building where parking will obstruct that 20 (foot) required passageway, we will require signs posted that state ‘fire lane, no parking,’” DeHaven wrote in an email. “Once installed and inspected by our office, we then place an approval sticker on the sign as an indicator to an enforcing officer that this is a required fire lane by the Fire Code. We will also be able to support them in any court appeal that may occur if necessary.”

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He said the fine for parking in fire lanes ranges from $40 to $250, depending on the law enforcement agency.

— Compiled by Dan Dearth

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