How to avoid a parking ticket
Watch for signs
Downtown signs can sometimes be tricky, so when parking, don’t risk it: read the sign carefully. Some roads in the downtown core have rush-hour, no-stopping zones. If your vehicle is parked at one of these locations during the posted rush hour times, it will be towed and impounded. In addition, watch for posted street cleaning signs and areas that have multiple signage.
Know the difference between "No Stopping" and "No Parking"
The "No Stopping" symbol is the most restrictive parking regulation. Once a vehicle has ceased moving, even if it is occupied, it is deemed stopped. Bus, Tour Bus, Taxi, and no stopping zones are all off limits to unauthorized vehicles. If you choose to stop in any of these zones, you can be ticketed and towed.
The "No Parking" symbol is less restrictive. You may park in a "No Parking" zone as long as you are actively loading/unloading.
You can remain parked in a loading zone for a maximum of 30 minutes as long as you are actively loading or unloading passengers or materials.
No longer loading/unloading but remain parked in the loading zone ? That's a violation of the Motor Vehicle Act [PDF] and may result in a $25.00 fine ($61.60 after 60 days).
Don’t park at bus stops...
Drivers often pull into bus stops to wait for a friend, buy a cup of coffee, or use a bank machine. Even a quick stop blocks the zone, forcing Halifax Transit drivers to unload or load passengers on the street. This is a potential hazard for elderly and disabled passengers and an inconvenience for other motorists when the bus is unable to pull into the zone. Parking at a bus stop is a violation of the Motor Vehicle Act [PDF] and may result in a ticket of $25.00 ($61.60 after 60 days).
...or in accessible parking spaces
Accessible spaces are a necessity—not a privilege—for people with disabilities. Be courteous and leave accessible spaces for those who truly need them. Parking in an Accessible Parking Zone unauthorized may result in a parking ticket of $100.00 ($136.60 after 60 days). Accessible parking is only enforced through signs. If you have a disability and require the use of an accessible space, ensure that your government-issued permit is visible from the exterior of the vehicle.
A helpful list of places you can't park in the Halifax Region
The following are parking violations and are considered hazardous. If you are parked here, your vehicle may be ticketed and/or towed:
- on or within 5 metres of a crosswalk
- on a sidewalk
- in fire lanes
- within 5 metres of a fire hydrant
- in front of a private driveway
- within 10 metres of a stop sign
- less than 7.5 metres from a corner
- in a bicycle lane