Halifax Regional Municipality's overnight winter parking ban is now officially in effect, however the municipality only enforces the ban when a weather event has been declared.
When that happens, any vehicles left parked on city streets between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. risk being ticketed or towed.
Enforcement of the ban is increased near hospitals, schools, bus routes and streets that have been problems spots for snow clearing equipment and emergency vehicles in the past.
In addition to the municipal ban, any vehicles blocking snow clearing can also be ticketed or towed at any time, day or night, under the province's Motor Vehicle Act.
HRM says think before you park. They say residents should ask themselves the following four questions before leaving their car parked on a street.
- 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?
Officers will also ticket any vehicles that get in the way of sidewalk clearing operations, including any that are hanging out of driveways or parked on the sidewalk.
Haligonians are asked to make sure any planters, lawn decorations, sports equipment and other portable objects are moved away from sidewalks.
"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," HRM said in a news release.
The municipality is also reminding residents about their bylaw that prevents property owners from shovelling snow onto streets and sidewalks as it can create a safety issue for pedestrians and complicates snow clearing operations.
"Property owners must ensure the snow they clear is piled on their own property," said HRM.
To find out when the overnight winter parking ban is being enforced, Haligonians can sign up for notifications online. Those who do will get alerts by phone, email or text message when the ban is being enforced and again when enforcement is lifted.
Anyone who received the alerts last year will continue to get them this year.
The planned end date for the overnight winter parking ban is Sunday, Mar. 31, 2019.