Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality has lifted enforcement of the overnight winter parking ban until further notice.
The Halifax region saw a mix of rain, freezing rain, ice pellets and snow overnight. The changeover to freezing rain and ice pellets started in most areas around 9 p.m. Friday and precipitation continued until about 3:30 a.m. Saturday. Most areas received approximately six centimetres of precipitation after the changeover.
Our Operations Team were out overnight applying brine and salt to counter the freezing rain conditions, as well as plowing the main arterial streets. The majority of those main routes are in good condition now with additional work required in isolated spots. Work is continuing on residential side streets and sidewalk crews are out and making steady progress. This work will continue today and tonight until all the streets and sidewalks are complete.
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.