Forget the cold – park for free!

The bad news: it’s been minus 40 Celsius in Whitehorse for a couple of days. The good news: downtown parking is free.

The bad news: it’s been minus 40 Celsius in Whitehorse for a couple of days.

The good news: downtown parking is free.

Bylaw officers aren’t going out to check the meters, said John Taylor, the department’s manager.

“We never check meters in weather like this,” he said.

“We don’t send our people out in this kind of weather.

“We have a cutoff.”

So, any time the temperature is over minus 25 C and your meter’s run out, you won’t get pinched.

“We wouldn’t expect people to run out and plug the meters in this.

“All we really do is go and check the two hour parking zones in this kind of weather.”

Bylaw isn’t the only department feeling the cold.

Public Works has also scaled back its operations, said acting manager Terry O’Toole.

“The cold has affected us quite a bit,” said O’Toole.

“We don’t run any equipment past minus 35 C,” he said. “It does more harm then good.

Trash and compost pickup is still ongoing, but, due to the cold affecting the hydraulics of the garbage trucks, it’s being done by hand using one-tonne pick up trucks, he said. (MG)