People will be parking — and quite possibly dancing — in the streets over the news.
The Halifax Regional Municipality's much-debated overnight winter parking ban is officially being lifted Monday tonight, four days ahead of schedule. According to HRM spokeswoman Shaune MacKinlay, unseasonably milder weather was the deciding factor.
“In light of the fact that we’ve had a nice long stretch of warm weather, and the forecast looks good... we’re lifting the parking ban effective immediately,” she said. “We’re a few days ahead and I think people will be happy about that.”
Downtown Halifax Coun. Dawn Sloane, a vocal opponent of the parking ban, petitioned city hall for the early removal citing warm weather and the Tim Hortons Brier taking place at the Metro Centre.
“I basically said with good weather, and the Brier being in town... I just thought, 'I’m going to give it a shot,'” Sloane said. “I’m very happy.”
The HRM issued a total of 10,503 tickets since the parking ban went into effect on Dec.14, 2009 — 7,525 less than last year.
But due to increased fines, the HRM will collect $525,150 from the tickets. That’s $74,200 more than last year’s total of $450,950.