Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality has lifted enforcement of the overnight winter parking ban until further notice.
Winter Operations crews are still working around the clock to cut back snowbanks, and remove snow from sidewalks, cul-de-sacs and other streets that were significantly narrowed following 80 cm of snow accumulation last week. Crews are circulating across the region widening streets with big snow blowers, removing snow from targeted streets and cul-de-sacs with limited snow storage, and completing remaining residential sidewalks and walkways. Detail work is also in progress to improve sight lines and enhance accessibility at intersections and crosswalks.
Residents should be aware that rolling or temporary street closures may be used to facilitate ongoing snow removal operations. Please abide by posted ‘no parking’ signage.
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 vehicle 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.