City of Madison reminds drivers of parking rules and violations

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - When preparing for snow, the city of Madison is reminding all drivers of winter parking rules.

The city of Madison is reminding drivers about the parking rules in effect during the winter season.

Alternate side parking has been in effect since November 15 and will remain in effect until March 15 for everyone who does not live in the downtown Snow Emergency Zone, according to the city’s website.

However, when the city declares a Snow Emergency, everyone who lives in the Snow Emergency Zone must follow the alternate side parking rules, according to the city of Madison website.
according to the city of Madison website.

"During declared snow emergencies, you absolutely have to follow that rule," Bryan Johnson with the Madison City Streets Division said.

The city website also outlines if drivers do not follow the alternate side parking rules, they could be fined up to $60 for a parking violation and charged $65 for a towing fee.
For more information, residents can call the Winter Parking Hotline at (608)-261-9111.

"Twenty dollars is the ticket for people who park outside of the snow emergency zone, but when one of those [snow emergencies] is declared, it goes up to $60, so it triples in cost and the likelihood of you getting towed also increases," Johnson said.

The Madison Police Department reported 1,750 tickets issued this season for people violating alternate and snow emergency parking rules.

In addition to moving their cars, people also need to be conscious of clearing their sidewalks.

Another city ordinance requires all Madison residents to clear their sidewalks by 12 p.m. the day following a significant snow storm.

"For the owner, the best thing they can do is clear the snow and ice from the sidewalk right away," JoseMaria Donoso with the City of Madison Building Inspection said.

If people do not clear their sidewalks, they could receive a $124 fine for their first offense and $187 for their second.

"Don't wait, otherwise snow will convert to ice and ice is more difficult to remove," Donoso said.

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