Interfering with plows can result in a tow
By Chad Ingram
Published Nov. 20, 2018
With snowfall in the county beginning in earnest last week, residents may want to remember that if their parked vehicles interfere with snow removal operations, those vehicles can be towed.
Councillors on Haliburton County’s roads advisory committee reviewed the associated bylaw during a Nov. 14 committee meeting, as it was updated with names of current roads department staff who are recognized as enforcement officers, able to issue notices.
“So, essentially what we do is we’ll put a notice on the windshield and/or knock on the door, to say move your car, or worst case, we’ll have to tow it, and then contact the police as well,” county public works director Craig Douglas told committee members.
“I’m just wondering about the timing of that,” said Algonquin Highlands Deputy Mayor Liz Danielsen. “If you put a notice on the car . . . if that’s a one-time thing, or . . . what process do you follow before you tow it away?”
“Since I’ve been here, we’ve never towed a car,” Douglas said. “If it’s really a danger, then we would
have to do that. Honestly, we’ll put a notice and another notice, and try to do everything we can before we tow it. I haven’t had to make that difficult decision.”
He said notices are typically issued within villages, “where you’re trying to plow against a curb, and you have cars parked there overnight.”
Douglas said residents are usually quite accommodating once they’ve been asked to move their vehicles.
“It isn’t exclusive just to winter,” Minden Hills Mayor Brent Devolin said of parking issues, referencing the problems Minden Hills has been having with people accessing the Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park, leaving vehicles parked along township roadways in such a way that they obstruct traffic. Concerned residents recently made presentations to Minden Hills council. The park is currently non-operational, which means it has no facilities such as parking lots, which leaves visitors leaving their vehicles wherever they please.
“If it doesn’t go operational, in Minden Hills, we will become a lot more aggressive,” Devolin said. “We have some zones that are problematic, and we will take a more aggressive, hands-on approach.”
Dysart et al Deputy Mayor Andrea Roberts wondered if the county issued fines with the notices.
“The car is removed and impounded, and essentially they’re paying to get it back,” Douglas said.