Friday, March 11, 2016 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality has lifted enforcement of the overnight winter parking ban until further notice.
The Halifax region saw freezing rain most of the night, changing over to snow and ice pellets in some areas at about 5 a.m. this morning. It is still snowing lightly in many areas and is expected to continue until about noon today.
Crews were out overnight scraping the streets and sidewalks and applying de-icing materials, but the freezing rain has posed some challenges for our equipment. Crews are still out and will continue working throughout the day and tonight, if needed.
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.