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City shares winter seasonal reminders

City shares winter seasonal reminders

OSHAWA – With the drop in temperatures, the City of Oshawa is reminding the community of seasonal changes to on-street parking and of snow and ice removal responsibilities.

On-Street Parking

Changes to on-street parking for the winter season will be in effect from December 1 through to April 1:

  • On-street parking is not permitted on Oshawa streets from 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., December 1 to April 1. Vehicles may be ticketed and/or towed from 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. regardless of snow clearing operations and weather conditions.
  • In addition to the 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. regulations, vehicles parked on Oshawa streets at any time while salting/snow clearing is underway may be ticketed and/or towed.
  • Occasional Use Parking Permits (O.U.P.P.’s) are not valid during salting/snow clearing operations and all O.U.P.P.’s previously arranged are suspended during salting/snow clearing operations.

Snow and Ice Removal

Snow and ice on sidewalks can greatly impact the ability of people to get around safely – including pedestrians with service animals, walkers, wheelchairs and strollers. Residents and businesses are responsible and required to clear the way around their property this winter.

  • Property owners (residents, businesses and landlords) are required to completely remove snow and/or ice from sidewalks adjacent to their property by midnight of the first day after precipitation has ended.
  • Continue to completely remove snow and/or ice from your sidewalks throughout a snow, sleet or freezing rain event. If the sidewalk is not completely cleared of snow and/or ice, the property owner may be fined $75.00 per day and/or invoiced costs associated with the removal of snow or ice.
  • Property owners are also required to remove the ridges of snow from any public sidewalk which abuts their property where the sidewalk intersects or immediately abuts with a road.
  • Do not push or blow snow from your property back on to the street. This is in violation of the Highway Traffic Act and it creates unsafe conditions.
  • Where possible, pile snow on the right side of your driveway (as you face the street) so that cleared snow does not get moved back onto your driveway by the snow plow.
  • Reduce the height of the snow bank at the end of your property by shoveling snow back further onto your property. This improves visibility when entering or exiting your driveway.
  • For safety reasons, remove snow accumulations around exit doors, stairways, fire escapes and furnace vents. If there is a fire hydrant in front of your home or business, remove accumulations of snow and ice around the fire hydrant.

For more information, including updates on snow plowing and salting operations on City roads during a snowfall, visit www.oshawa.ca/snow.

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