Council enacts new winter parking regulations effective immediatelyJan 05, 2024 09:00AM ● By Mimi Darley Dutton
The revised regulation says there is to be no street parking between the hours of midnight until 6 a.m. from Nov. 1-April 30, regardless of snow. (Wikimedia)
At their final 2023 meeting, the Draper City Council amended the regulations for winter street parking, effective immediately. The revised regulation says there is to be no street parking between the hours of midnight until 6 a.m. from Nov. 1-April 30, regardless of snow. “Because you never know when you’re going to get snow,” said Mayor Troy Walker.
City code previously said you couldn’t leave a car parked on the street Nov. 1-April 30 while snow was on the street, but people would park cars on streets and go to sleep before snow began to fall, leaving plow drivers responsible for clearing snow early in the morning but with obstacles in their way. Plow drivers have sometimes had to blow snow onto parked cars, burying them and making it especially hard for people to move their cars off the street in the morning.
Councilmember Tasha Lowery praised the work of the city’s snow plow drivers, particularly after last year’s major snowfall, and said she supports anything that makes it easier for them. She thinks the new regulation allows enough time for people to have visitors park on the street and stay through the evening, but move their cars off the street before midnight.
“We want to get the word out,” City Manager David Dobbins said. “This is a new requirement and people could get ticketed. We’ll probably start with warnings and transition to actual citations.” λ