Nova Scotia

Halifax woman to contest parking ban ticket

A Halifax woman is contesting a ticket she received under the winter parking ban because she says the Halifax Regional Municipality didn't give enough notice the ban was in place.

A Halifax woman is contesting a ticket she received under the winter parking ban because she says the Halifax Regional Municipality didn't give enough notice the ban was in place.

Rachel Kidd received a $50 ticket early Monday morning while she was parked on Creighton Street.

She said she had been consistent about checking the municipality's website during the day but the notice was posted at approximately 5 p.m. on Sunday and she didn't see it.

"They put the warning on based on a weather prediction so the weather prediction would have existed before 5 p.m.," Kidd told CBC News on Monday.

"They say on their website that they try to give 24 hours notice and that was not 24 hours and we didn't even think to check by that point."

Kidd was one of 1,075 drivers who were ticketed between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Monday as part of the winter parking ban.

According to the Halifax Regional Municipality, that's about double the average number of cars ticketed this year on mornings when the ban is in place.

Winter parking ban tickets

March 5: 1,075 tickets

March 3: 682 tickets

Feb. 29: 862 tickets

Jan. 28: 618 tickets

Jan. 21: 458 tickets

Kidd said it also upset her that the ban would be in place on a night with mild weather and so little snow that a plow had not come by on her residential street.

"I think in a case like last night when it's mild weather and my car wasn't impeding any snow removal at all, there should be no ticket given," she said.

"If we're in the way of snowplows, by all means, that's fair. But the fact that it's a completely mild night with nothing but rain, I think it's unnecessary to charge someone $50 just for parking on the street."

Kidd said she is planning to contest the ticket because she is currently the only person employed in her household and her family can't afford to pay.

She contacted the city and was told the next step would be to appeal the ticket in court.

"You don't get a court summons for 61 days and after 60 days, without paying your ticket, there's a $30 additional fee," said Kidd.

"You have to feel pretty sure about your case in order to protest your ticket."

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