The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that the overnight winter parking ban will be enforced from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. (in both Zone 1 – Central and Zone 2 – Non-Central), to allow crews to properly clear streets and sidewalks.
Residents are able to determine which zone they’re in by searching their address using the interactive tool available here.
Vehicles must be off municipal streets during the hours noted above. Regardless of the status of an overnight winter parking ban, or whether you have received a notification, vehicles can be towed, day or night, at any time of year, if they are interfering with snow-clearing operations, as per Section 139 of the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act.
Planters, lawn decorations and any other portable objects near the sidewalk should be removed before the winter. Any permanent structures or objects too big to move should be marked with a reflector that will be visible above the snow to help crews identify obstacles.
Officers will 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.
Never clear snow from your property onto the street or sidewalk. Property owners must ensure the snow they clear is piled on their own property. It is against By-Law S-300 to throw or pile snow in the street or on the sidewalk. This is a serious problem that can cause safety issues for pedestrians and other users as it complicates clearing for crews. The municipality has enforcement tools in place to address non-compliance with the By-Law.
The overnight winter parking ban is in effect from now until Mar. 31, 2021. The easiest way to stay informed is to register for automated notifications by signing up online, checking halifax.ca/snow for updates, or by calling 311. Subscribers will receive timely alerts by phone, email, and/or text message when the ban is in effect and again when it is lifted. 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 halifax.ca/snow.