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Municipality lifts enforcement of Overnight Winter Parking Ban

Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality has lifted enforcement of the overnight winter parking ban until further notice.

Winter Operations crews will continue working today to clear streets and sidewalks, and address snow pack that resulted from very cold temperatures, followed by 15 cm of snow and then rain, experienced in our region over the past 48 hours. Crews will also be working on clearing priority catch basins in an effort to mitigate the potential for localized flooding from rain and snow melt. Motorists and pedestrians are reminded to please use caution when travelling today, and keep an eye out for one another and our equipment.

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 car 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.

Source: Release

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