Make Way for Plows

December 2, 2008 at 12:57 pm Leave a comment

The crackdown has begun against people who let their cars get in the way of plows.

City workers plowing after the snowfall yesterday had six vehicles towed because they were parked on the street.

Shayne Turner, the city’s director of bylaw enforcement, told the finance committee that four of the vehicles got “a friendly tow” a short distance to allow for easy passage of snowplows.

Two other vehicles were seized because “they had been on the street for sometime with no licence plates,” he said.

No one was fined for parking on streets during a “snow event.” This will change, however, as soon the province approves the city’s new tag-and-tow bylaw, which provides for an $80 fine.

In the case of some parked cars yesterday, bylaw officers and city crews knocked on doors to find the owners and asked them to move their vehicles.

But Turner said it appears most residents are aware they can’t park on streets during and after a snowstorm.

“The feedback we are getting from staff and the public is that it has been successful,” he said.

The objective of the new bylaw is to have all streets plowed within 24 hours of the end of a storm.

For years, the city has banned overnight parking on streets during the winter. The new bylaw bans on-street parking, day or night, if there is enough snow to trigger a full plow — when all of the city’s equipment and operators are pressed into service.

“When it is reasonable and safe to do so, vehicles that must be moved should be relocated to an area in proximity to its original location,” the policy says. “When it is not possible or safe to relocate the vehicle in close proximity the vehicle shall be towed to an approved storage compound.”




Source: Waterloo Region Record


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