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Overnight Parking Ban will be enforced 1-6 a.m., Thursday, March 12

Wednesday, March 11, 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 Thursday, March 12, to allow crews to clear the melting snow and ice from streets across the Halifax region.

It started raining early this morning in most areas of Halifax and showers are expected throughout the day today. Temperatures are forecast to rise as high as eight degrees in most areas. With these conditions, the municipality is expecting significant melting on the streets and sidewalks and will take advantage today and overnight to continue scraping the ice pack from residential side streets.

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, staff members are 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 contact@halifax.ca. 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.

Source: Release

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