Edmonton experienced its first seasonal parking ban of the year recently, spanning from Sunday, November 10 to Wednesday, November 13. The ban was put in place following the first massive snowfall of the year in Edmonton. In just a few short days, the City of Edmonton issued 2,056 tickets to people who failed to move their vehicles for the first Edmonton seasonal parking ban of the season.
If you’re unsure what a seasonal parking ban is, here’s what you need to know. Every year, the City of Edmonton places seasonal parking bans on roads that are part of the city’s bus routes so that street crews can plow.
The parking bans are put in place when it snows and lifted once the roads have been cleared and the snow has stopped.
Each year, bans can be declared by the city between November 5 and March 15. The city places parking bans with a minimum of eight hour's notice before they go into effect. Basically, drivers just can’t park on bus routes.
Though this may sound simple, upwards of 2,000 Edmonton drivers received tickets during this week’s seasonal parking ban, according to CTV News.
“If you’re parked on a bus route during a Seasonal Parking Ban you may be subject to being ticketed and towed," explains the City of Edmonton’s website.
"Even after plows have gone through, more equipment may be coming to remove snow or clean up driveways and if more snow is falling or forecasted the ban may be extended,” it continues.
Owners of vehicles that aren’t moved during a ban will receive tickets of $100 and could also be forced to pay for towing and impound fees.
Though you can’t park on many of the main roads, you can park in garages, driveways, parking lots, and side roads.
However, the areas to be wary of don't only include main roads. "Alleys next to bus routes will be the highest priority alleys to be plowed to allow easier access," says the city's website. When it doubt, look for "No Parking" signs that have the word "seasonal" at the bottom.
If Edmonton's weather over the past couple of months is any indication of what's to come this winter, you should probably get used to moving your car.
You've already got enough to worry about, don't let a pile of parking tickets join that list. Stay up to date with the City of Edmonton's social media accounts for announcements.