Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality has lifted enforcement of the overnight winter parking ban until further notice.
The majority of main routes within the municipality have been plowed and salt applied, although motorists should use caution as isolated slippery patches remain in some areas.
Residential streets are just over 50 per cent complete and crews are still working on them this morning and throughout the day.
Motorists are asked to ensure all windows are clear, lights are on and allow additional braking distance.
Sidewalk clearing operations are underway with reports of slippery locations. Pedestrians are to use caution this morning while crews continue to address all sidewalks.
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 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.