|Submitted||Dec. 8, 2010|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the state Freedom of Information Act, G.L.M. c.4, €7, clause 26th, I hereby request the following records:
A list of waived parking tickets processed between 2010-01-01 and 2010-12-07, including the license plate on the citation, the name of the individual cited, and the name of the official who waived the ticket, and any documentation as to why these tickets were waived.
I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.
In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.
Good afternoon Mr. Rafkind.
In order for me to fulfill your request and provide a cost estimate, I will need additional clarification on what you have you have in mind when you say “A list of waived parking tickets.” Traffic and Parking tickets are dismissed and/or voided. It sounds like you are looking only for voids.
I also noticed that you are requesting the names of vehicle owners. This will not be provided as they are exempt from public records inquiries. The limitations are set forth in the federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (18 USC 2721) as to the individual information that is protected and establishes who may access that information. The DPPA defines “personal information” as including an individual’s ‘name.’ Exemption “A” of the Public Records Law exempts data specifically or by necessary implication exempted from disclosure by statute.
In addition, Traffic & Parking is provided personal information related to license plate numbers from the Registry of Motor Vehicles. The RMV also has strict requirements for release of personal information that are set forth in the Registry of Motor Vehicles Request for Personal Information in RMV Records form, see (http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/rmv/documents/pdf/RequestForPersonalInfoRMV.pdf) that you should be aware of.
Again, please provide additional clarification as to your request.
Matthew J. Dias
Traffic and Parking
City of Somerville
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143
W: (617) 625-6600 ext. 7910
C: (857) 636-8518
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