Winter Parking Ban Begins Dec. 17

Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

December 11, 2007 11:03 AM

The province's winter parking ban takes effect Monday, Dec. 17, in many communities throughout Nova Scotia.

Provincial winter parking regulations help crews from the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal clear roads quickly and safely after snow storms.

The regulations apply to drivers in communities in 14 municipalities and restrict parking on roads maintained by the department between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m.

Drivers are also restricted from parking on highways and streets from one hour after a snowstorm begins to two hours after it has stopped.

In Nova Scotia it is an offence to park on any roadway that might interfere with, or obstruct, snow removal or winter maintenance operations on the highway.

A complete list of communities with restricted parking will be carried in newspaper ads and is available by clicking winter parking regulations on the department's website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran.


Exemptions are made for the following:
-- doctors parked near their offices or homes and who are on call
-- on-duty members of police and fire departments and Armed Forces
-- commercial drivers in the process of loading and unloading
-- drivers of public utility vehicles parked at, or near, their homes and who may be required to make emergency calls.

Drivers who ignore the winter parking regulations face penalties under the Motor Vehicle Act.

The winter parking ban is in effect until March 31, 2008.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     The province's winter parking ban takes effect on Monday,

(December 17th) in many communities throughout Nova Scotia.

     Drivers in communities in 14 municipalities cannot park on

roads maintained by the Department of Transportation and

Infrastructure Renewal between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m.

     Drivers are also restricted from parking on highways and

streets from one hour after a snowstorm begins, to two hours

after it has stopped.

     The winter parking ban lasts until March 31st, 2008.

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Media Contact: Steve Smith
              Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
              902-424-2233
              E-mail: smithest@gov.ns.ca