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Massachusetts Laws

Massachusetts Regulations

Federal Regulations

Selected Case Law

Court Rules

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Massachusetts Laws

St.2010, c.155 Safe Driving Law. 
Bans texting, limits cell phone use while driving. New requirements for drivers over 75 and more

MGL c.89, s.7C Move Over Law
Requires drivers to move "into a lane not adjacent to that of the emergency response vehicle, highway maintenance vehicle or recovery vehicle" whenever possible.

MGL c.90 , Motor Vehicles

  • MGL. c.90, s.3 Motor Vehicles Owned by Non-Residents
    A nonresident enrolled as a student at a school or college in the commonwealth who operates a motor vehicle registered in another state must file with local police a statement that provides ownership, registration information, and liability insurance coverage information.
  • MGL c.90, s.7AA Child passenger restraints
  • MGL c.90, s.14A Commonly known as the Mass. White Cane Law
    Provides protection for blind pedestrians crossing or attempting to cross ways

MGL c.90C Procedure for Motor Vehicle Offenses

Massachusetts Regulations

211 CMR 74 pdf format of 211 CMR 74
Standards of Fault

211 CMR 134 pdf format of 211 CMR 134
Safe Driver Insurance Plan
Lists minor and major traffic accidents and offenses which subject the violator to "points" on their auto insurance

540 CMR Registry of Motor Vehicles

700 CMR 7.04 pdf format of 700cmr7.04
Electronic Toll Collection

Federal Regulations

76 FR 75470 Restricting the Use of Cellular Phones by Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers, as corrected by 76 FR 82179
Restricts the use of hand-held mobile telephones by drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs)

Selected Case Law

Commonwealth v. Mongardi , 26 Mass. App. Ct. 5 (1988)
A person issued a citation for a civil Motor vehicle infraction has no right to jury trial.  

Gillespie v. City of Northampton , 460 Mass. 148 (2011)
"[T]he imposition of $275 in filing fees to obtain judicial review of a final decision of a municipal parking clerk regarding a parking citation [does not offend] the Massachusetts Constitution."

Police Department of Salem v. Sullivan , 460 Mass. 637 (2011)
Court OKs substantial filing fees to contest civil motor vehicle citations. In footnote 7, the court states, "the requirement in St.2009, c. 27, § 74, of a fifty dollar fee to appeal the clerk-magistrate's finding is in conflict with rule VII(b)(3) of the Trial Court Rules, the Uniform Rule on Civil Motor Vehicle Infractions (LexisNexis 2010–2011), which states that '[t]here shall be no filing fee for an appeal to a judge from the finding and disposition of a clerk-magistrate. We recognize that, where a court rule is in irreconcilable conflict with a statute, 'the statute supersedes the rule.'"

Court Rules

Uniform Rules on Civil Motor Vehicle Infractions

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Last update: December 16, 2015.

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