Charlottetown Police Services is reminding the public that the overnight parking restrictions come into effect as of 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, November 15. As listed in the City of Charlottetown Traffic Bylaw, no person shall park or leave any vehicle on the traveled portion of any street or square between the hours of 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. from the 15th day of November to the 15th day of April each year.
The overnight parking ban also applies to those with Residential Parking Permits. Permit holders are responsible for ensuring they have access to alternate parking during the winter periods.
The minimum fine for this offence is $25.00 plus the towing fee.
Having overnight winter parking restrictions in place allows for a proactive approach to road safety operations. Because traffic is not as heavy during the overnight hours, snow cleaning and winter maintenance can be done in a more efficient and effective way, which helps crews meet service delivery standards for snow removal.
In addition to overnight parking restrictions, motorists should also be aware that under the Provincial Highway Traffic Act and the City Traffic Bylaw, vehicles can be removed from the roadway at any time should they be parked in such a manner that the vehicle impedes the removal of snow from the roadway.
The overnight parking restrictions are enforced by Police on a discretionary basis as snow plowing and clearing or de-icing needs to take place.
Motorists should avoid parking vehicles on City streets during or shortly after a heavy snowfall when roadways are not cleared to the curb.
The City will strive to post information on its website to alert the public of when snow clearing, plowing and de-icing will be taking place and parking restrictions will be enforced. The onus still lies with residents to be aware of weather conditions and move their vehicles when snow clearing, plowing or de-icing will be taking place.
To avoid the risk of being ticketed or towed, the City recommends residents adhere to the overnight parking restrictions from November 15 to April 15 each year.
For additional information, visit: www.charlottetown.ca and click the Know About Snow button.
City of Charlottetown