Lincoln toughens rules against street parking during snowstorms


Published November 19, 2021 at 2:06 pm

What was once voluntary is now mandatory in Lincoln. Residents’ cars must be off the road if a snowfall is heavy enough to warrant street plowing.

At their November 15 Council meeting, they passed the motion that their previous “Keep It Clear” program was now going to be enforced by the town’s bylaw officers who will be issuing $75 tickets to cars parked on the shoulder of the roadway.

Repeat offenders are likely to see their cars towed away to be retrieved at the owners’ expense.

To give themselves as much time as possible to get the message out to residents, the new bylaw came into effect on Tuesday (November 16), the day after the council meeting.

Saying the town had to make sure the roads and sidewalks were clear for motorists, pedestrians, emergency vehicles, public transit, and other users through the winter, Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton said, “We are taking a proactive approach by ensuring we are prepared for significant snowfall and are embracing this parking amendment with public safety top of mind.”

The town says a parking ban is based on the forecasted weather and local observations including temperature, wind, and road conditions.

Local weather and road conditions will determine how long a Keep it Clear ban will be in effect.  However, residents should plan to park off-street for 72  hours.

“We recognize that this will be a routine shift for our community but I know this is a change that we will navigate together,” said Town CAO Michael Kirkopolous.  “The Town is committed to taking the time to educate the community and we encourage our residents to be a good neighbour and pay it forward by lending a helping hand.”

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