CARSTAIRS - Town council has approved changes to the municipality’s Traffic Bylaw, last updated in 2018.
The move came by way of motion at the recent regularly scheduled Town of Carstairs council meeting, held in person and on Zoom.
The changes approved involve parking rules in town.
Section 15 now reads: “No person shall park or cause to be parked any trailer, or recreational vehicle which meets the definition of a trailer, on a roadway unless such a trailer is attached to a vehicle by which it may be propelled or drawn when so attached.
“When attached to a vehicle, the trailer shall be considered a part of the vehicle and subject to ay regulations pertaining to the vehicle, unless the trailer has been issued with a special permit by a peace officer or the CAO allowing the trailer to remain on the roadway detached.”
Section 21 now reads, in part: “No person shall park or cause to be parked any vehicle, excluding recreational vehicles, with a gross vehicle weight in excess of 11,794 kilograms anywhere in an area zoned residential. The previous limit was 5,500 kilograms.
“A resident with a vehicle in excess of 11,794 kilograms, who has a parking area on their property may apply to the town for the exception so long as the vehicle will not be started or run between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. seven days a week.”
Section 30 now reads: “No person shall park or cause to be parked, a recreational vehicle on a roadway longer than 72 hours, or a trailer on a roadway unattached from a vehicle for any length of time, without first acquiring a special permit by a peace officer or the CAO.
“If a recreation vehicle is also a trailer, both conditions in this section applies. A special permit will still be required for large items not defined as vehicles, bu that still occupy space on the roadway which could interfere with road traffic or parking, such as shipping containers.”
Councillors also approved a small change to the Town of Carstairs protective services body-worn camera policy.
The change saw the removal of the previous wording that: “Activating a body-worn video manually shall be at the officer’s discretion.”
No other changes to the policy were made. Both the policy and the Traffic Bylaw are available for viewing on the town’s website.