Monday, Mar. 20, 2017 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality has lifted enforcement of the overnight winter parking ban until further notice.
Winter Operations crews are currently clearing streets and sidewalks across the region following a winter weather event that resulted in 15 to 20 centimetres of snow and ice pellet accumulation. The majority of main streets and transit routes were cleared in time for the rush hour commute with isolated slippery and slushy patches. Work to clear residential streets continues at this time, and equipment will remain activated to address these throughout the day until completed.
Sidewalk operations are also underway, with work to continue until all have been cleared. A freezing rain warning remains in effect at this time; residents are advised to be prepared for winter conditions and adjust travel accordingly.
The overnight winter parking ban is in effect 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.