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PSA – Overnight Winter Parking Ban will be enforced 1 a.m. to 6 a.m., Saturday, Mar. 11

Friday, Mar. 10, 2017 (Halifax, NS) – Pl­ease be advised that the municipal overn­ight winter parking ban will to be enfor­ced from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Saturday, Mar. 11, to allow cre­ws to clear snow from streets and sidewa­lks.

The Halifax region is expected to receive five to seven cent­imetres of snow accu­mulation overnight tonight. Winter Opera­tions crews are enga­ged in de-icing acti­vities today in prep­aration for tonight`s snowfall. With col­der temperatures exp­ected to persist into the weekend, and the potential for a more significant wint­er storm early next week, it`s important that crews are able to push snow back to the curb.

Vehicles must be off municipal streets during the hours noted above. Residents are also reminded that in add­ition to the overnig­ht parking ban, 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 ensure the streets are properly cleared, the municip­ality has enhanced its winter parking en­forcement in areas around hospitals and schools, bus routes and problem streets for snow equipment and emergency vehicle­s.

Officers will also 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 properly clearing the sidewalk­s, which can quickly become an accessibi­lity issue for pedes­trians, including se­niors, people with mobility challenges and parents pushing strollers.

Planters, lawn decor­ations and any other moveable objects ne­ar the sidewalk shou­ld be removed before the winter season. Items such as sports equipment, green bi­ns and garbage should be safely stored when bad weather is in the forecast. Any permanent structures or objects too big to move should be ma­rked with a reflector to assist crews wi­th identifying poten­tial obstacles.

The overnight winter parking ban is in effect from now until Mar. 31, 2017. The easiest way to stay informed is to sign up for automated not­ifications at www.halifax.ca/snow/­parkingban/notificat­ions.php, 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. 

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 www.halifax.ca/snow.

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Source: Media Release

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