When it comes to North Bay’s overnight street parking during the winter season, a city councillor says some common sense has to apply. Jeff Serran says a few weeks ago he got three phone calls from people who got tickets for overnight parking even though the snow was gone. Under the City’s by-law you can’t park overnight on the street from November 1st to March 31st.
However Serran says if there’s no snow left, then people shouldn’t be ticketed for overnight parking. He says it’s frustrating to go out to your car the next day and find a ticket on the windshield even though there’s not a speck of snow on the ground. But when there are days like last week where we got hit with massive snow after March 31st, Serran, says we need another measure in place.
And that means vehicles should not be on city streets overnight otherwise they interfere with efficient snow plowing operations. Serran will propose his amendment at council’s May 2nd meeting. The amendment will include language that takes into account how parking applies before March 31st when the snow is gone early and after March 31st in the event the area gets hit with a major snow fall.