How about November 15?

November 26, 2015   ·   0 Comments

AS YOU’LL SEE on the Town of Orangeville page this issue, the Town’s ban on overnight parking on residential streets takes effect next Tuesday, December 1.

But whoever it was that decided on the starting date must have been looking through rose-coloured glasses, since the need for the ban between 11:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. can and does arise before the 1st of December.

Take, for instance, last weekend, when parts of town had close to half a foot of white stuff and on many streets plows couldn’t do their proper job of snow-clearing because of cars that had been left parking all night.

There’s no doubt that the ban on overnight parking is more than a slight nuisance for those who have more vehicles than can be fit onto driveways or into garages, but in a climate like ours the law is obviously necessary.

That being the case, would it really matter all that much if the bylaw were amended for next year, to start the ban a little earlier, either Nov. 1 or Nov. 15? Granted, some years it wouldn’t make any difference, given the vagaries of our weather. But when we did get a mid-November storm it would be possible to have all streets cleared and made safer for vehicles and pedestrians alike.

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