Sunday, March 6, 2016 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality has lifted enforcement of the overnight winter parking ban until further notice.
Most areas of the Halifax region received almost 30 centimetres of snow yesterday. All main arterial routes have been cleared, as well as the majority of residential side streets and sidewalks, although there are still some isolated areas where blowing snow is causing some issues.
Crews will continue today to finish the streets and improve accessibility at bus stops, intersections and pedestrian crossing signals.
Although the overnight ban has been lifted, 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 questions when considering parking on the street this winter:
- Is there a parking ban in place?
- 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.