The record snowfall from the weekend has led to the second implementation of the seasonal parking ban bylaw.
Global News spoke to Bob Dunford of the city’s transportation department about the newly created bylaw.
In the last few months, city crews have installed “No Parking, Seasonal” signs on arterial bus routes throughout the city.
City council approved the plan earlier this fall, which would allow a seasonal parking ban to be declared after a major snowfall.
By declaring the ban, the city hopes that plows and sanders would have an easier time of clearing arterial routes.
With 8 hours notice, drivers must move their vehicles from routes with seasonal parking signs, or face tagging and towing.
“The seasonal parking ban is to allow us to plow more effectively,” Dunford says, “It’s something you want to have in place very quickly.”
The first seasonal parking ban of the winter went into effect at 7:00 am on Friday, November 18th, and lasted until 7:00 pm on Sunday, November 20th.
During that time, 1,278 tickets were issued, 45 vehicle tows requested, and seven vehicles being towed to the impound lot.
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The second ban went into effect Monday, February 27 at 7 am. In the first four hours of the ban the city issued 250 tickets and towed 50 vehicles.
If a seasonal parking ban is not in effect, drivers are free to park on streets with the signs, however Dunford advises that motorists consider changing their habits.
“I would encourage anyone during snow season to park off street, not just when the parking ban is declared.”
Residents can sign up to be receive an email alert when a seasonal parking ban is declared.
With files from Fletcher Kent.