FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 26, 2013
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR KITCHENER RESIDENTS: City Declares Snow Event Starting at 11:59 PM On Feb. 26 - Residents to Remove Cars from Streets by Midnight or Risk Being Ticketed and Towed
(KITCHENER) Based on credible weather forecast information, the City of Kitchener has now declared an official snow event. Residents have until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 to remove their parked cars from city streets or risk receiving an $80 ticket and being towed at the owner's expense. The parking ban will remain in affect for 24 hours - until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27.
Notification will be given in advance of that time as to whether or not the city will cancel the snow event or extend it for another 24 hours. That decision will be made based on weather conditions and credible forecasts.
To help city crews clear all streets of snow within 24 hours of the storm ending, under the city's "tag-and-tow" bylaw residents are prohibited from parking their cars on city streets at any time when a snow event has been declared by the city. Snow events are declared when the city anticipates a significant amount of snow to accumulate.
Residents should tune into local media for updates, or visit www.kitchener.ca to join the city's snow event email distribution list. Members of that email distribution list will receive a direct email when the city declares future snow events and when snow events are extended or declared over.
Residents who suspect their car has been towed should call 519-741-2330 to find out where their car has been relocated.
Enforcement of the Tag-and-Tow Bylaw:
During snow events, City of Kitchener bylaw enforcement staff will be asked to attend locations where parked vehicles are impeding snow-removal equipment from clearing the street. Enforcement staff will assess the situation and may ticket and tow some of the vehicles on the street to help the plows remove snow from that street.
Vehicles will not be ticketed and towed based on calls from the public.
Enforcement will only tow the number of vehicles necessary to allow the snow-removal equipment to do its job. It is possible that only a certain number of vehicles on a street will be removed, regardless of how many are actually present and in violation of the bylaw. In the event that some, but not all, vehicles are towed away, the remaining vehicles found in violation will be ticketed.
Vehicles will be ticketed and relocated to another area in close proximity when it is possible and practical to do so. Vehicles will be towed at the owners' expense.
For more information, members of the local media can contact:
Director of Corporate Communications and Marketing
City of Kitchener
(519) 741-2200 ext. 7935
(519) 498-0945 (cell)