Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 (Halifax, NS) – Please be advised that the municipal overnight winter parking ban will continue to be enforced from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Sunday, March 1, to facilitate ice removal on streets around the Halifax region.
The municipality has brought in additional equipment to break up and remove the ice on streets that have deep ruts and potholes in the ice pack. These conditions are making it increasingly difficult not just for motorists and emergency vehicles but also plow operators trying to scrape away the layer of slush on top of the ice.
Operations staff members have identified a number of streets across the region that will be triaged based on the conditions noted above. With the milder temperatures and sunshine in the forecast, crews will also continue salting and scraping to gradually remove the ice buildup. Crews will also apply sand and crusher dust in some areas for traction.
Vehicles must be off municipal streets during the hours noted above. Residents should also be aware that under section 139 of the 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.
As well, in order to further optimize mobility, visibility and ultimately safety, the municipality is using temporary No Parking signage on select streets in the Halifax region where it is particularly difficult for local traffic, buses and emergency service providers to navigate around parked vehicles. This step is often taken during the winter months and is permitted under Section 151 of the Motor Vehicle Act. Motorists are advised to obey these restrictions or risk being ticketed or towed.
The overnight winter parking ban is in effect from now until March 31. It will be enforced only during declared snow and ice events and snow removal operations.
The easiest way to be prepared when snow is coming is to sign up for CityWatch notifications of parking bans. Fill out a registration form, call 311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
For more information on snow clearing operations, visit www.halifax.ca/snow.