Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015 (Halifax, NS) – Please be advised that the municipal overnight winter parking ban will be enforced from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, to allow crews to properly clear the streets and sidewalks.
Halifax is currently receiving winter weather conditions, which are expected to continue throughout the day and into the evening hours. Our winter operations team proactively applied de-icing measures overnight last night and snow removal equipment will be in operation across the region throughout the day and into the overnight hours. A reminder for all motorists to use caution when driving and adjust your speed and braking distance to roadway conditions. If you must be on the roadways during the storm please ensure all your lights are on and that you are visible to our plow operators.
Vehicles must be off municipal streets during the hours noted above. Residents should also be aware 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 ensure the streets are properly cleared, the municipality is stepping up winter parking enforcement this season in areas around hospitals and schools, bus routes and problem streets for snow equipment and emergency vehicles.
Officers will also be ticketing vehicles obstructing sidewalk clearing. Vehicles hanging out of a driveway or parked on the sidewalk are prone to damage and become a dangerous obstacle for crews. Such obstacles prevent crews from clearing the sidewalks properly, which can quickly become an accessibility issue for pedestrians, including seniors, people with mobility issues and parents pushing strollers.
The overnight winter parking ban is in effect from now until March 31, 2016. The easiest way to stay informed is to sign up for notifications at http://www.halifax.ca/snow/parkingban/notifications.php, call 311 or email email@example.com. Subscribers will receive timely alerts by phone, email, and/or text message when the ban is in effect and again when it is lifted. Residents who received these notifications last winter will continue to receive the service this year. Standard text messaging rates apply.
Think before you park this winter — it will help make the season a little easier on everyone. For more information on municipal winter operations, please visit www.halifax.ca/snow.