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December 11, 2017


Plowing of major streets and bus routes continues today

Motorists are urged to use extra caution and to drive to winter conditions

Released: 9:35 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Crews were out overnight and continue to plow and salt routes today. Upon completion of main routes, crews will begin plowing collector streets and bus routes. Priority one sidewalks and active transportation pathways will also be plowed beginning this morning. Salting and sanding will continue today to improve traction.

Motorists are reminded to drive to conditions and reduce speed. Please stay well back from heavy equipment.

Avoid a ticket and tow

The City's Annual Snow Route Parking Ban is in effect from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. nightly. Citizens are encouraged to check their streets for snow route signs, or if unsure, to call 311 or use the online Address Lookup Tool.

New this year, the Winnipeg Parking Authority will begin exercising their right to issue tickets for parking violations on snow routes via mail in addition to placing them on the windshield of the vehicle. By using a mail-out method, the Winnipeg Parking Authority will be able to cover more area to further support the Public Works Department in their efforts to ensure critical routes are clear of snow and ice.

Snow routes are a top priority for snow clearing to ensure that emergency vehicles can navigate quickly and safely around the city. It’s important that vehicles are not parked on snow routes overnight in order to enable rapid and efficient snow clearing of these critical routes.

Vehicles parked in violation of the Annual Snow Route Parking Ban can receive a $100 ticket ($50 if paid early), and may be towed to the towing company’s compound.

More information

More information about winter parking bans and snow operations is available at winnipeg.ca/snow

Download the official City of Winnipeg Know Your Zone mobile app

The City of Winnipeg's "Know Your Zone" app is available for free download at the Apple App Store and Google Play App Store. For more information about the app, please visit knowyourzone.winnipeg.ca/app

Sign-up for winter parking ban notifications

The City also offers free email and Twitter notifications which advise subscribers when additional parking bans go into effect. To sign up for notifications, visit winnipeg.ca/snow or contact 311.

Think safety this winter - Stay Back, Stay Safe

Motorists are reminded to drive to winter road conditions at all times and to use extreme caution when driving near any plowing or sanding equipment.

Southbound Taché Avenue will be temporarily closed between Provencher Boulevard and Despins Street

December 12 until March 15

Released: 2:30 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Starting tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., southbound Taché Avenue between Provencher Boulevard and Despins Street will be closed for the winter for riverbank stabilization work associated with the Taché Promenade project. The southbound lane is tentatively scheduled to reopen on Thursday, March 15. While this work is underway the northbound lane on Taché Avenue will remain open. Pedestrian access will be maintained on the east sidewalk. Additional lane closures will be required in the summer of 2018 for sidewalk widening and pedestrian belvedere construction.

Motorists are advised to use an alternate route and to plan for additional travel time to reach their destinations.

For more information about the Taché Promenade project, visit winnipeg.ca/tachepromenade

For Transit re-route and schedule information, visit winnipegtransit.com or contact 311, available 24 hours every day by phone at 311 or by email at .

For regular updates on City of Winnipeg lane closures and to view lane closures of major streets on an interactive map, please visit City of Winnipeg - Regional Lane Closures.

Download and use the Waze app for real-time traffic and incident updates as well as traffic re-route options.

Amendments to be Proposed to Vehicle for Hire Bylaw

Released: 2:54 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Several amendments to the Vehicle for Hire Bylaw will be proposed for Council’s consideration later this week including a new safety surcharge that would apply to Personal Transportation Providers (PTP) Mayor Brian Bowman announced today.

“Over the last two weeks, I have been listening intently to the feedback received from many different industry and public stakeholders on the draft Vehicle for Hire Bylaw proposed by the public service,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “The public service has had the benefit of learning from many jurisdictions who have already been down this path before us, and what they’ve proposed already reflects extensive stakeholder engagement involving the taxi industry and organizations having a direct stake in the industry.”

“The changes being proposed today are a further refinement and improvement to what I believe was an already balanced starting point,” said Mayor Bowman.

A new safety surcharge of $0.03 per trip is being proposed for all PTP dispatchers reflecting the bylaw’s current exemption of PTP from having to install safety shields. As such, this surcharge is not proposed to apply to taxi dispatchers whose drivers are required to have safety shields installed. Revenue from the $0.03 safety surcharge is to be accounted for separately and used in the promotion and marketing of overall industry safety measures and requirements, as well as passenger rights and complaint process.

“Many of my residents have raised concerns about safety with respect to the changes being proposed by the Vehicle for Hire Bylaw,” said Councillor Brian Mayes, St. Vital. “I feel the introduction of a safety surcharge can help address these concerns.”

In addition to a new safety surcharge, other amendments being proposed for Council’s consideration include:

  • Allowing registered taxis access to diamond lanes on a one-year trial basis, a long-standing request of the taxi industry;
  • Removing the 20 year limitation period for transferable taxi licenses allowing them to remain valid in perpetuity; and
  • Reducing the initial introduction of new taxi licenses from 120 to 60 effective March 1, 2018, introducing the remaining 60 licenses at the end of 2018, and selecting them using a lottery based approach.

The proposed bylaw already imposes the same, tough new criminal and driving record background checks on both taxi and PTP drivers. An additional amendment being proposed would allow taxi and PTP drivers to be registered as drivers subject to submitting a clean vulnerable person and child abuse registry searches rather than requiring these record checks to be undertaken prior to being registered as drivers.

“I want to be clear that all taxi and PTP drivers will still be required to undertake and submit a criminal record check, a vulnerable person sector search, as well as a child abuse registry checks,” said Mayor Bowman.

The changes being proposed today are in addition to the amendments proposed by Executive Policy Committee earlier this month. These changes included a requirement to review the Vehicle for Hire Bylaw every year instead of every 24 months, and amending language to better reflect current accessibility standards.

On December 1, 2017, the City of Winnipeg Public Service released an administrative report outlining a regulatory framework for the vehicle for hire industry within Winnipeg. If adopted by Council, the recommended framework would take effect February 28, 2018 when regulatory responsibility legally transfers from the provincial government to municipalities pursuant to the requirements of Bill 30 – The Local Vehicles for Hire Act.

The proposed by-law aims to streamline and modernize vehicle for hire regulations, and is designed to be as non-intrusive as possible so that competition can influence how the industry evolves and innovates.

The administrative report and draft bylaw to be considered by Council this week can be found on the City of Winnipeg’s Decision Making Information System (DMIS).

December 15, 2017