Edmonton issues 2,000 tickets for parking ban violations during first big snow of the season

Nov 14 2019, 10:13 am

The first big snow of the season brought snow and ice clearing crews out in full force. With it came a parking ban the city says helps get streets cleared as quickly as possible.

The ban was lifted yesterday afternoon, but a number of Edmontonians who may have missed the memo were hit with hefty fines for not having their cars moved during the ban.

According to a release from the city, “enforcement teams have distributed 2,056 tickets as of Tuesday, November 12.”

Vehicles parked on seasonal parking ban routes or bus routes will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense, with $100 tickets being issued for parking in restricted areas.

“We thank Edmontonians for their support in moving their vehicles, which allowed our crews to effectively and efficiently clear the roadways and ensure safe and reliable travel throughout the city following our first snow event of the year,” said Andrew Grant, General Supervisor, Infrastructure Field Operations in a release.

“After a major snowfall like this, crews are responsible for clearing more than 11,000 kilometres of roadway — something we accomplished within three days following the end of snowfall on Sunday.”

According to the city, bans can be declared with just eight hours’ notice and are in effect until the city announces that it has been lifted.

To avoid getting ticketed or towed, look out for city announcements on when parking bans are in effect and when they are declared to be over.

Stay safe out there, Edmonton.