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City of Calgary lifts snow route parking ban

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WATCH: The City of Calgary has lifted a snow route parking ban put into place on Monday evening. Mia Sosiak has details. – Feb 9, 2017

The City of Calgary has lifted a snow route parking ban initially put in place on Monday at 6 p.m.

A news release from the City of Calgary said snow clearing operations on Calgary’s priority streets has been completed.

“The city would like to thank everyone for their patience during the parking ban. These parking restrictions helped crews remove snow from major traffic routes faster and more effectively.”

Snow routes are located on major roadways, collector roads and most bus routes and can be identified by blue signs with a white snowflake.

WATCH: Ward 1 Councillor Ward Sutherland speaks to Global’s Gary Bobrovitz about complaints to the city about snow removal.
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Calgary responds to snow removal complaints – Feb 9, 2017

Nearly 1,500 tickets were issued on the first day of the ban. As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, the Calgary Parking Authority said the ban ticket total had reached 2,595. The total number of vehicles towed remained at 11.

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On Thursday, the CPA issued a statement saying a total of 2,759 tickets were issued and 11 vehicles were towed during the time the ban was in place.

According to the CPA, parking tickets issued for those who don’t move their vehicle are $40 if paid within 10 days, but climb to $75 if not paid within 30 days.

If your vehicle is towed, the CPA said it will cost you a minimum of $100.

Watch below: Calgary’s snow route parking ban is in effect for the first in more than three years, with over 1,400 tickets handed out. Tony Tighe reports.

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Calgary snow route parking ban: over 1400 tickets issued on Day 1 – Feb 7, 2017

The city said another parking ban could be issued should significant snow accumulate across Calgary in future.

With files from Melissa Gilligan and Tony Tighe

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