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Parking Regulation Signs

No Parking Any Time Signs

Requests for No Parking Signs in Public Lanes

Parking in public lanes is prohibited in accordance with the Manitoba Highway Traffic Act and the City of Winnipeg Traffic By-law. This general rule prohibiting parking in all public lanes is enforceable without the installation of “No Parking” signs.

Due to the hundreds of public lanes in the City, it would be extremely costly to sign all lanes. To selectively sign some lanes and not others would send an inconsistent message to motorists with respect to the regulations for parking in public lanes, damaging the universality of this regulation. For these reasons, it is not the practice of the Public Works Department to post No Parking signs in public lanes.

Requests for “No Parking” or “No Stopping” Signs at Intersections

Section 122(1) of the Manitoba Highway Traffic Act provides the following: “…no person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle: within an intersection or within 3 metres thereof*… or within 9 metres upon the approach to any stop sign…”.

These provisions can be enforced whether there is a No Parking sign or not. Generally, the Public Works Department does not install No Parking signs to clear the corners at intersections of two non-Regional streets unless there is a demonstrated collision problem, it is a school bus route (to allow the long buses room to maneuver), waste collection vehicles have trouble maneuvering around the corner, there is a horizontal curve in the roadway or there is a signed and marked crosswalk at the intersection.

It would be cost prohibitive to install No Parking/No Stopping signs at every corner in the city and to selectively sign some corners and not others could be confusing to drivers as to where parking is prohibited. Also, when these signs appear at one location, they tend to result in more requests for similar signs at other nearby locations and ultimately could lead to a proliferation of signs on the streets.

*Parking is prohibited within 3 metres from the property line. Boulevards on residential streets typically range from 5.0 to 6.2 metres, resulting in a “clear zone” of 8.0 to 9.2 metres.


Last update: October 16, 2015