Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality has lifted enforcement of the overnight winter parking ban until further notice.
The Halifax region saw about 17 centimetres of snow fall in most areas overnight. The storm officially ended at 1:30 a.m. Saturday. The majority of the main arterial and collector streets are now cleared and work is continuing today on residential side streets and sidewalks. The municipality appreciates the cooperation of residents who made arrangements for off-street parking last evening.
The overnight winter parking ban is in effect from now until March 31. However, residents are reminded that under section 139 of the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act, tickets can be issued and vehicles can be towed any time, day or night, if they are parked in a manner that interferes with snow clearing.
To help avoid a ticket and the hassle and costs of being towed, residents should ask themselves these three questions when considering parking on the street this winter:
- Is your car causing a safety issue?
- Is it making the road impassable?
- Is it impeding snow operations underway in the area?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, do not park on the street. The municipality doesn't want to ticket or tow — the objective is to keep people off the streets in the first place to facilitate efficient and safe clearing to ensure emergency vehicles, buses and other traffic have proper access.
Think before you park this winter — it will help make the season a little easier on everyone. Thank you for your cooperation. For more information on municipal winter operations, please visit www.halifax.ca/snow.