Oddities of winter parking rules
Manchester motorists must swap spots every day between Dec. 1 and April 15, whether or not snowbanks line city streets. Aldermen recently killed an attempt to eliminate the daily change in favor of banning parking on the same side for the entire winter stretch to reduce confusion.
Syracuse, which averages about 115 inches of snow a year, calls on residents to move their cars even in the summer months.
"For example, on June 16th, cars should begin the day parked on the odd side of the street," states the city's website. "At 6 p.m. that evening, cars should move to the even marked side of the street."Michaela Oney of Syracuse, who works in the Syracuse Parking Violations Bureau, said police issue tickets every month.
The website said plows can reach clogged roads during the winter, and street-cleaning crews can work with less difficulty during the other months.
But, he said, "we don't have a huge number of people who are still on the street."
Concord, like many cities, issues a "winter maintenance parking ban" during snowstorms to clear roads. For the year ending June 2013, police issued 240 tickets at $100 each for violating the parking ban. That was more than double the 103 tickets issued the prior year. Vehicles also faced getting towed.
"We never really restricted parking when there was no snow emergency," said Mark Nelson, director of parking and transportation in the public works department.
"We have to do more than push it back," he said of snowbanks. "We have to move it because our streets are so small."
The proposed change, he said, would have meant one side of streets couldn't be cleared unless there was a snow emergency, which temporarily bans all parking.During the year ending in June, Manchester issued 2,142 tickets for violating the winter parking ban.
"It also gets people into a rhythm of moving their vehicle back and forth," Niesen said.
For each of the past two years, Madison police issued about 26,000 tickets for violating either odd-even parking or a snow emergency, Niesen said.
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