New Residential Parking Ban aimed at improving snow clearing
All residential streets assigned a snow zone letter from the alphabet; Winnipeggers are urged to "Know Your Zone" this winter Sign-up for email or Twitter notifications at knowyourzone.winnipeg.ca Released: 10:02 a.m.
NEWS @ A GLANCE:
Winnipeg winter parking bans have changed starting this winter to ensure even more timely and effective clearing of snow and ice from City streets. (for more details, please read the full media release below)
WINNIPEG - November 28, 2011 - Winnipeg winter parking bans have changed starting this winter to ensure even more timely and effective clearing of snow and ice from City streets. The most significant change is to the Residential Parking Ban which, when declared, will be in place around-the-clock.
The Residential Parking Ban will apply in 12-hour shifts, day and night, to designated snow zones across the city. To accomplish this, all residential streets have been assigned a snow zone letter from the alphabet, and residents are urged to know their zone letter by visiting knowyourzone.winnipeg.ca, or by contacting 311.
"When vehicles are parked in violation of the regulations, it impacts the snow clearing operation and no one wants to see streets only partially cleared due to parked vehicles in the way. The new Residential Parking Ban is aimed at improving snow clearing on residential streets," says Ken Boyd, Manager of the Streets Maintenance Division, Public Works.
When a residential plowing operation is announced, the public will be able to access residential snow clearing schedule information daily at knowyourzone.winnipeg.ca or by calling 311. The schedule will indicate the snow zones where parking ban is currently in effect and which snow zones will be plowed for the next 12 hour shift. By knowing their zone letter and when their zone is scheduled for snow clearing within a 12-hour period, residents can easily observe the parking ban for their zone and avoid getting their vehicle ticketed or towed.
Under the new Winter Parking Ban By-law, vehicles parked in violation of the Residential Parking Ban will receive a $150 ticket ($75 if paid early), and may be towed out of the way of plowing equipment to a nearby street that is not scheduled to be plowed or that has already been cleared. If their vehicle is towed, residents may call 311 to find the vehicle's location.
"This year Winnipeggers will need to know what snow zone letter has been assigned to their residential street, and check daily when we declare a residential plow. We need your help. Please find alternative places to park during these times. This will help the operation run smoothly and will prevent you from being ticketed and towed," Boyd said.
The public is also encouraged to sign-up in advance for email or Twitter notifications through knowyourzone.winnipeg.ca to find out when designated snow zones are scheduled for plowing. When a residential plowing operation is underway, the website will also display this information on a map showing those residential streets where the ban applies for the current and next shift.
Annual Snow Route Parking Ban
Another important ban change this year is to the Annual Snow Route Parking Ban which goes into effect, as usual, from December 1 until March 1 on streets designated as Snow Routes. However, starting this December 1, the Annual Snow Route Parking Ban has been extended by one-hour and will be in place nightly between 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., extended from 6:00 a.m. in previous years. Vehicles parked in violation of the Annual Snow Route Parking Ban will get a $100 ticket ($50 if paid early).
Winnipeg residents are urged to familiarize themselves with all five winter parking ban regulations; Residential, Annual Snow Route, Declared Snow Route, Snow Emergency and Temporary No Parking by visiting knowyourzone.winnipeg.ca, or by contacting 311.