South Bend Changes Snow Emergency Parking Restrictions


South Bend has new procedures for snow removal in the city. The Common Council voted on January 26 to implement a plan that changes where you can park during a snow emergency.

This is what you need to know: cars parked on the street during even-numbered days should park on the even-numbered side of the street when a snow emergency is declared. You will need to park on the odd-numbered side of the street on an odd-numbered day. All other parking restrictions, including “No Parking” signs, are lifted during a snow emergency.

The new system is easier to remember than the previous ordinance. The old parking guidelines restricted parking for north-south streets on odd numbered days and east-west streets on even numbered days.

The restrictions only apply when a snow emergency is in effect as declared by the mayor or the director of public works. Snow emergency announcements will be made through the local media.

Residents found to be in violation will face a $25 fine. The amount of the fine is unchanged from the previous ordinance. The city considered raising the fine to $100 but ultimately the Common Council stuck with the same amount. The goal is to ensure compliance so that roads can be cleared properly, not to raise revenue through fees.

The ordinance goes into effect today although the city is not currently under a snow emergency.

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