Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality has lifted enforcement of the overnight winter parking ban until further notice.
Following a significant snowfall this weekend, main routes and residential streets across the region have been cleared and treated with a salt/sand mix to improve traction, where required. The majority of sidewalks have also been cleared, with equipment returning to address any deficiencies and complete remaining residential sidewalks.
Winter Operations crews will be focusing today and tonight on improving accessibility and mobility for pedestrians and transit passengers with more work taking place to clear intersections, curb cuts and undertake snow removal at bus stops, where required. In anticipation of milder temperatures and rain later this week, equipment will also be dispatched to clear priority catch basins in flood-prone areas.
The overnight winter parking ban is in effect from now until Mar. 31, 2017. However, residents are reminded that Section 139 of the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act states that 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 four questions when considering parking on the street this winter:
- Is the overnight parking ban currently being enforced?
- 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 vehicles 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.