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Street not plowed? Blame your neighbours

The City of West Kelowna released this photo of a street so crowded with parked vehicles the plow driver cannot get past.
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February 07, 2017 - 11:35 AM

WEST KELOWNA –Vehicles left on the streets and blocking snow plows has become such a problem in West Kelowna this year the city is installing temporary signs to warn drivers.

City of West Kelowna spokesperson Kirsten Jones says they received more than 30 complaints from plow drivers and residents yesterday alone.

“We’ve had quite a few complaints,” she says. “In some cases the plow can’t get through the streets at all and people are getting frustrated because they want their roads cleared.”

The city can issue fines for vehicles left on the streets longer than 24 hours. Jones says some drivers say they have nowhere else to leave their vehicles but West Kelowna bylaw says vehicles cannot be left on the sides of public roads longer than 24 hours.

“People are supposed to be able to park vehicles on their properties,” she says.

To remind drivers of the bylaw the city is printing and setting up signs, starting with streets causing the most problems for plow drivers.

“The plow drivers and engineers will let us know where the trouble areas are and we will be watching and deploy more as needed,” Jones says.

The signs, which say ‘plow working, park off road,” will start going up this week.

“We are seeing more snow in the forecast,” Jones says. “Get your car, boat or trailer off the road and help us clear the way.”


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